The Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies, shall make demonstration grants to support cooperative programs between State Cooperative Extension Service agencies and private nonprofit disability organizations to provide on-the-farm agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities who are engaged in farming and farm-related occupations and their families.
(2) Eligible services
Grants awarded under paragraph (1) may be used to support programs serving individuals with disabilities, and their families, who are engaged in farming and farm-related occupations.
(3) Eligible programs
Grants awarded under paragraph (1) may be used to initiate, expand, or sustain programs that—
(A)provide direct education and assistance to accommodate disability in farming to individuals with disabilities who engage in farming and farm-related occupations;
(B)provide on-the-farm technical advice concerning the design, fabrication, and use of agricultural and related equipment, machinery, and tools, and assist in the modification of farm worksites, operations, and living arrangements to accommodate individuals with disabilities who engage in farming, farm living and farm-related tasks;
(C)involve community and health care professionals, including Extension Service agents and others, in the early identification of farm and rural families that are in need of services related to the disability of an individual;
(D)provide specialized education programs to enhance the professional competencies of rural agricultural professionals, rehabilitation and health care providers, vocational counselors, and other providers of service to individuals with disabilities, and their families, who engage in farming or farm-related occupations; and
(E)mobilize rural volunteer resources, including peer counseling among farmers with disabilities and rural ingenuity networks promoting cost effective methods or accommodating disabilities in farming and farm-related activities.
(4) Extension Service agencies
Grants shall be awarded under this subsection directly to State Extension Service agencies to enable them to enter into contracts, on a multiyear basis, with private nonprofit community-based direct service organizations to initiate, expand, or sustain cooperative programs described under paragraphs (2) and (3).
(5) Minimum amount
A grant awarded under this subsection may not be less than $150,000.
(6) Consideration for grants for new programs
For each fiscal year that amounts are made available for grants under this subsection, the Secretary may make grants in a manner that ensures that eligible entities who apply for grants, but have not previously received a grant under this subsection, are given full consideration.
(b) National grant for technical assistance, training, and dissemination
The Secretary of Agriculture shall award a competitive grant to a national private nonprofit disability organization to enable such organization to provide technical assistance, training, information dissemination and other activities to support community-based direct service programs of on-site rural rehabilitation and assistive technology for individuals with disabilities, and their families, who are engaged in farming or farm-related occupations.
(c) Authorization of appropriations
(1) In general
Subject to paragraph (2), there is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $6,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1999 through 2012.
(2) National grant
Not more than 15 percent of the amounts made available under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year shall be used to carry out subsection (b) of this section.
1998—Subsec. (a)(6). Pub. L. 105–185, § 246(1), struck out heading and text of par. (6). Text read as follows: “There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection—
“(A) not less than $3,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1991 and 1992; and
“(B) not less than $5,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1993 through 1997.”
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 105–185, § 246(2), struck out par. (1) designation and heading and struck out heading and text of par. (2). Text read as follows: “There are authorized to be appropriated $1,000,000 to carry out this subsection for each of the fiscal years 1991 through 1997.”
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