” Across the state, county and nation fairs, along with other farming occasions, have been canceled or delayed due to concerns for security and health amidst the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic,” stated Paul Jones, Project Manager for the National AgrAbility Project (NAP). ” A discussion started this summer: What if we held an AgrAbility Virtual State Fair as a method to reach individuals who may be working and living with an impairment in farming so that we can inform them we are here to support them and we desire to see them be successful.”
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In additional to NAP, state jobs that will take part in the AgrAbility VSF consist of: Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
” Those people that work for AgrAbility projects have the experience of seeing the impact that a person with a disability makes in their work environment– the farmers, workers, and ranchers weve fulfilled have a will and a heart like no other,” said Jones.
The AgrAbility VSF will take place alongside the 75th annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each October, NDEAM celebrates Americas workers with impairments and advises employers of the significance of inclusive hiring practices.
Starting Oct. 1, “Cultivating Accessible Agriculture” will be the repeating theme as each day a various state will highlight how it supports and serves this critically important population within that states farming work landscape. Material will be published on Facebook @AgrAbility Virtual State Fair and on Twitter @AgrAbilityVSF. States may post furthermore to their state sites and other social media outlets. Discover more about the event at agrability.org/vsf.
Throughout the month of October, AgrAbility projects from some 20 states across the country will sign up with together to participate in an AgrAbility Virtual State Fair (AgrAbility VSF) online to offer resources and info to farmers, ranchers, and farming employees who are working in production agriculture with an impairment, practical constraint, or health condition.
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First authorized in the 1990 Farm Bill (with funding appropriations starting in 1991), AgrAbility is a grant-funded job through the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). AgrAbility consists of the National AgrAbility Project (NAP) and State/Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs). Each task should involve a collaboration in between a land-grant university and a minimum of one non-profit impairment services organization.
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Starting Oct. 1, “Cultivating Accessible Agriculture” will be the recurring theme as each day a different state will highlight how it supports and serves this seriously important population within that states farming work landscape. Authorized in the 1990 Farm Bill (with funding appropriations beginning in 1991), AgrAbility is a grant-funded project through the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). AgrAbility consists of the National AgrAbility Project (NAP) and State/Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs).