Dr. Jimo Ibrahim, The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University’s farm safety, energy and environmental specialist, is also the project director for the North Carolina AgrAbility Program, which was recently awarded $718,000 by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to provide training and assistance to farmers with disabilities or long-term health conditions that are barriers to work in production agriculture. The AgrAbility Program’s specific objectives include training for rehabilitation services and establishing a network of volunteers in addition to direct assistance for disabled farmers and farmer workers in securing assistive technology for self-reliance.
The N.C. AgrAbility Program is among the ongoing projects coordinated by the N.C. Agromedicine Institute — a partnership involving N.C. State University and East Carolina University along with A&T. Among all the state-level projects funded by the national Agribility Program, only North Carolina’s is led by an 1890 land-grant, and A&T is the only 1890 to administer statewide funding since the program was established in 1991. North Carolina was one of only three states to receive funding from the national Agribility Program this year.
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