Randall Bagley, who is the new coordinator for the AgrAbility program at Utah State University, poses for a portrait on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Logan. Bagley joined AgrAbility of Utah as its program coordinator in March. His office is on the USU campus, and while he says he’s still learning the ropes, he’s found the job very fulfilling.
Eli Lucero, The Herald Journal

LOGAN — Agriculture can be as much a lifestyle as it is an occupation. Farmers often don’t retire — they just keep on working. That’s not always easy, though, as back problems, knee problems and any number of other disabilities can get in the way.

AgrAbility of Utah, a partnership between the Utah State University Cooperative Extension and nonprofit Allies with Families funded through the USDA, is here to help with exactly that issue.

Randall Bagley joined AgrAbility of Utah as its program coordinator in March. His office is on the USU campus, and while he says he’s still learning the ropes, he’s found the job very fulfilling.

“It really helps some great people,” Bagley said. “Farmers and ranchers, they’re kind of the lifeblood of our country here. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be eating. They work hard and they have a tough life, a lot of them.”

According to Bagley, AgrAbility can help current farmers and ranchers who have some type of chronic illness or disabling condition. Those criteria cover a lot of disabilities farmers may have, Bagley said.

“Stuff like vision or hearing, back problems, knee and joint problems, we can cover that,” Bagley said. “People with heart conditions, seizures, cancer, all of that would be included in this.”

AgrAbility can help by going to farms and ranches to assess where they might be able to help by modifying equipment. They can connect ag workers to …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

      

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