Dr. Rick Peterson is the Project Director of the Texas AgrAbility Project. As Project Director he oversees the grant project and provides administrative grant management functions including: fiscal oversight, oversight of program subcontracts, personnel supervision, project implementation, education and evaluation. He is also a faculty member of the Texas A&M University Center on Disability and Development.
Dr. Peterson holds degrees from Kansas State University, including a B.A. in Animal Science, a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Family Life Education. Dr. Peterson was actively involved in production agricultural for 10 years following graduation from Kansas State University and has over 16 years of professional experience working with agricultural families in the areas of family life, mental health, disability and dislocation from agriculture.
Dr. Peterson believes that Texas AgrAbility gives agricultural producers, their family members and employees with disabilities and chronic health conditions opportunities to remain in production agriculture by connecting, assisting and empowering families to education and resources.