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Program set to help disabled farmers and farm workers

Amarillo, TX - There is now help for individuals battling disabilities who want to stay active in the agriculture industry.

As the population ages, more of our farmers are dealing with arthritis, vision impairment and other disabilities, limiting their ability to do everyday tasks.

The Texas AgrAbility Project through the AgriLife Extension office is aimed at getting those farmers back on the land, by providing assistance through mobility devices, modified hand controls and other machinery.

The program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture but is not being widely used at this time, so the Potter County Extension Office is looking for farmers in our area who need help.

"Like it or not, there are a lot of traumatic events that can happen around farm machinery, things like that, so. My suspicion is that the need is great but the awareness is very, very low," said Brandon Boughen, Potter County Extension Agent.

To see if you can get help through this free program or if you want more information, call Brandon Boughen at 806-373-0713 or visit http://txagrability.tamu.edu.

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