Maine AgrAbility: Overview
Addressing health, safety, and the prevention of injuries across the state of Maine — on the farm, on the water, and in the forest.
The Maine AgrAbility project is dedicated to helping farmers, fishermen, and forest workers work safely and more productively.
- Maine AgrAbility is designed to assist owners, operators, managers, employees, and family members of farm, fishing or forestry businesses.
- We offer education for agricultural workers whose lifestyle and business have been impacted by a disability
- We provide training and education to health care providers, agricultural professionals, emergency response agencies, and other community groups about agricultural workers with disabilities.
Maine AgrAbility programming is funded through a grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. We network with many existing resources and help provide connections for agricultural workers and their families.
Maine AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions, including, but not limited to, arthritis, spinal cord injuries/paralysis, back impairments, amputations, brain injury, visual impairments, hearing impairments, disabling diseases, cerebral palsy, respiratory impairments, and head injury.
Maine AgrAbility is a non-profit collaboration of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Alpha One; Maine AgrAbility is part of a nationwide network of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs begun through the 1990 Farm Bill. The goal of the National AgrAbility Project is to inform, educate, and assist farmers, fishermen and forest workers, and their families with disabilities, so they can continue to have successful careers in agriculture.
Ellen Gibson Retirement
Maine AgrAbility Update:
This past month, AgrAbility Specialist Ellen Gibson announced her retirement from Maine AgrAbility effective April 15, 2021. Ellen was with us from the start in 2010. We truly appreciate all that Ellen has accomplished during her tenure with Maine AgrAbility. She will be missed. We wish her the best as she starts a new chapter of life.
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