Our History

AgrAbility came into existence through the 1990 Farm Bill with the first eight State and Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAP’s) funded the following year. Purdue University’s Breaking New Ground Resource Center managed the National AgrAbility Project in partnership with Easter Seals. By 2000, 18 State and Regional AgrAbility Projects were funded, and the management of the National AgrAbility Project (NAP) moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They remained in partnership with Easter Seals.

The current management of the National AgrAbility Project returned to Purdue University with the Arthritis Foundation- Heartland Region (Indiana Chapter), Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, Colorado State University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as partners. There are currently 24 funded state projects.

The current partnership between the National AgrAbility Project and the Arthritis Foundation-Indiana Chapter began September 1, 2008 and is currently funded through August 31, 2016. During this time, the partnership hopes to reach rural communities to help educate them about arthritis and its impact on agricultural careers.