Public Act 094-0216
Public Act 0216 94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning agriculture.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
The General Assembly finds the
(1) Illinois is one of the leading
states in the nation. By being
involved in such a diverse
and highly mechanized industry,
the more than 500,000 agricultural
workers in Illinois are
susceptible to any one of a number of work-related
and chronic health problems that limit an individual's
ability to safely continue farming.
(2) Available estimates indicate that, each year in
Illinois, more than 200 farm workers sustain injuries,
in permanent physical disabilities affecting
their future income.
(3) It is estimated that nationwide more than 200,000
ranchers, and other agricultural workers
experience injuries that
result in lost work time. Of these
injuries, 5% have serious or
(4) According to the most recent census data,
approximately 5,000 Illinois farmers have permanent
disabilities as a result of accidents, health related
ailments, and age.
(5) Farm operators and workers are typically highly
skilled individuals and the loss of these individuals to a
disability negatively impacts the Illinois farm economy.
The AgrAbility Project established by the U. S. Department
Agriculture has been successful in helping agricultural
workers who suffer from
a disability continue to farm. A
similar program established by the State and working with
the existing AgrAbility Unlimited Program will assist even
Illinois citizens in receiving the assistance that
they need and will benefit
the State agriculture industry.
As used in this Act:
"AgrAbility Unlimited" means the joint program of the
University of Illinois
Extension and the Easter Seals of
Central Illinois established
in accordance with the AgrAbility
Program established by the U.S. Department of
"Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
"Director" means the Director of Agriculture.
"Production agriculture" has the meaning set forth in
of the Use Tax Act.
Illinois AgrAbility Program established.
(a) Subject to appropriation, the Department, in
cooperation with the University of Illinois Extension,
contract with a non-profit disability service provider or other
entity that assists disabled farmers, to establish and
administer the Illinois AgrAbility Program in order to assist
individuals who are engaged in farming or an
agriculture-related activity and
who have been affected by
(b) Services provided by the Illinois AgrAbility Program
include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) A toll-free information and referral hotline.
(2) The establishment of networks with local
agricultural and rehabilitation professionals.
(3) The coordination of community resources.
(4) The establishment of networks with local
agricultural and health care professionals to
identify individuals who may be eligible for assistance and
identify the best method of providing that
(5) The provision of information on and assistance
(6) Job restructuring.
(7) The provision of information on and assistance
regarding the development of alternative jobs.
In order to provide these services, the Illinois AgrAbility
cooperate and share resources, facilities, and
employees with AgrAbility
Unlimited, the University of
Illinois Extension, and the Office of Rehabilitation Services
of the Department of
The costs of the program, including any related
administrative expenses from the Department, may be paid from
any funds specifically appropriated or otherwise available to
the Department for that purpose. The Department may pay the
costs of the Illinois AgrAbility program by making grants to
the operating entity, by making grants directly to service
providers, by paying reimbursements for services provided, or
in any other appropriate manner.
(c) The Department has the power to enter into any
agreements that are necessary and appropriate for the
establishment, operation, and funding of the Illinois
AgrAbility Program. The Department may adopt any rules that it
determines necessary for the establishment, operation, and
funding of the Illinois AgrAbility Program.
To be eligible to receive
this Act, an individual must meet all of the
(1) Be a resident of Illinois.
(2) Derive at least a portion of his or her income from
(3) Be affected by a disability.
(4) Meet any additional eligibility requirements set
forth by the Department, in conjunction with the University
The Illinois AgrAbility Fund.
(a) The Illinois AgrAbility Fund is created as a special
within the State treasury.
The Director shall
also accept and deposit into the Fund all gifts,
transfers, and other amounts from any legal source,
private, that are designated for deposit into the Fund. All
earned on moneys in the Fund shall be deposited into
(b) Subject to appropriation and as directed by the
in the Illinois AgrAbility Fund may be
expended for the Illinois AgrAbility
Program and for no other
No more than 15% of the moneys expended in a fiscal
year for the Program
may be expended for administrative costs.
Unless otherwise required by federal
University of Illinois
Extension must provide the
Department with a copy of any report or other
document that it
provides to the U.S. Department of Agriculture concerning
The non-profit disability service
provider or other entity awarded a contract under Section 15
must annually up-date the University of Illinois Extension and
the Department in writing on the status of the Illinois
The State Finance Act is amended by adding
5.640 as follows:
(30 ILCS 105/5.640 new)
The Illinois AgrAbility Fund.
This Act takes effect upon
Effective Date: 7/14/2005