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New Staff TrainingAgrAbility NTW Minneapolis, MN April 8, 2013
Aida Balsano, Ph.D. National Program Leader Division of Family and Consumer Sciences
History of AgrAbilityModeled after state programs that assisted agricultural workers in VT, IA, and INAuthorized through the 1990 Farm BillGrown from 8 awards in 1991 to 23 awards in 2011 totaling $4.6 million Appropriated under Smith-Lever 3(d)
AgrAbility PrioritiesAssists farmers and ranchers with disabilitiesProvides direct services through education, assistance and supportDevelops service capacityEncourages networking
NIFA and AgrAbilityProvide fair, effective, and efficient administration of Federal assistanceSatisfy Legislative and Executive branches Collect data to justify continuing programs
Federal Level FunctionsProvide program oversightEnsure federal dollars are spent and managed appropriatelyEnsure fair and objective review of proposalsCommunicate program successes and impacts to USDA and Congress
AgrAbility Funds DO SupportEducationlong term investment strategyAccommodating disabilities and avoiding secondary injuriesDirected towards health, farm, and government service providersNetworkingSharing of information and provision of servicesCustomers, peer supporters, volunteers, stakeholders, other funding organizations, etc.
AgrAbility Funds DO SupportAssistanceFocuses on individualized consultative services increasing likelihood of clients success in farm operationIncludes client and others working at same placeMarketingIncreasing awareness of AgrAbility and its initiatives
OutcomesIncreased knowledge of practices and activities Increased assistance optionsImproved modifications that increase independence and productivityIncreased chance for successful involvement in production agriculture
AgrAbility Funds DO NOT SupportPaying for assistive technology or other farm site modificationsSoliciting other federal fundsPaying tuition or student feesPaying overhead or indirect costConducting research (work must remain within accepted bounds of Extension)
RemindersInform NIFA if you have a change in or reorganization of project staffSubmit progress reports on time Keep your directors, colleagues, and NIFA informed of any significant recognition of your project
New Reporting SystemCurrent Research Information System (CRIS) reporting system available until 4/15.
New reporting system REEport May 6th Trainings and Web-based help sessions upcoming
REEportCRIS and REEport contact: Adam Preuter 202-690-0124 or [email protected]
Q and AsWhen is my annual report due?
Reports are due 90 days prior* to the expiration date of the current grant.
Q and AsWhat do I need to include in my reports?
Outputs, impacts, progress, project modifications and publications*
Q and AsWhen is my continuation application due?
It will vary by projects. States will be notified individually.
Q and AsWhere can I find the terms and conditions of my award?
Award Face Sheet Provisions Section
Aida BalsanoNational Program Leaderab[email protected]: 202-720-4436
Alexandra (Lexi) Wilson Program Specialist [email protected] Ph: 202-401-6950
*Authorized partnership between land-grant institutions and disability organizations in 1990Established funding recommendationProvided guidance on eligible programsAppropriated under Smith-Lever 3(d)******Increased knowledge of practices and activities for disabled farmersIncreased appropriate assistance optionsImproved modifications that increase independence and productivityIncreased chance that individuals with disabilities and their families can continue to be successfully involved in production agriculture