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Helping Farmers with Disabilities Continue their Passion

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Maine Agrability Project is a non-profit collaboration of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and one our partners, 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.

“Our Maine farmers are very proud, very independent farmers and a lot of times people begin to struggle as they age or something happens and people are very stubborn, they really want to figure it out on their own. But you don’t have to go it alone. There are just lots of ideas and lots of things that can help you work a lot more safely and efficiently and with a lot less pain, and if your life is changing, then adapt to it, right?," stated Kelley Spencer, an independent contractor for AgrAbility and owner of Maine Assistive Technology Solutions.

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