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About The Program

In 1979, a farmer with severe disabilities asked Purdue's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering for help with modifying his tractor so he could continue farming. His request ultimately led to the establishment of the Breaking New Ground (BNG) Resource Center, now an internationally recognized source of information on assistive technology for agricultural worksites.

Soon after it started, the BNG Resource Center established the Breaking New Ground Outreach Program to serve rural Indiana residents affected by disabilities. The BNG Outreach Program, a part of Purdue Extension, became a model for the USDA AgrAbility Program that now supports similar projects in more than 20 states, including Indiana.

The Indiana AgrAbility Project serves farmers and other rural residents with disabilities through a collaborative effort between the USDA, the BNG Outreach Program, and several disability- and agriculture-related organizations, the Arthritis Foundation-Indiana Chapter, Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation, Transition Resources Corporation, INDATA, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, the Veterans' Administration, and Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Click here to view the Indiana AgrAbility brochure.

AgrAbility focuses on four main goals:

  1. Education
  2. Networking
  3. Direct Services
  4. Marketing

The following chart shows how Indiana AgrAbility partners with other organizations to accomplish its goals.

Indiana AgrAbility Project organizational chart
Accessible version with large image

Indiana AgrAbility Team

Meet the team