ADA Awards

AgrAbility Honored with Spirit of ADA Award

MADISON, WI – AgrAbility of Wisconsin has been named a Silver Spirit of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) award winner through Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW). The award recognizes programs that are positively changing and improving the lives of people with disabilities in Wisconsin. “Since the passage of the ADA 25 years ago, people with disabilities have enjoyed increased access to employment, education, recreation, and government services, which contributes to better communities for all,” said Daniel Idzikowski, Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin. “At DRW we advocate every day so that all people with disabilities can exercise the full extent of their rights and pursue the greatest possible quality of life,” he noted. [caption id="attachment_842" align="alignleft" width="278"] Hannah Barthels, AgrAbility Outreach Specialist, and Paul Leverenz, Easter Seals FARM Team Director[/caption] Through direct education and on-site assistance, the AgrAbility project serves farmers throughout Wisconsin with injuries, disabilities, or illnesses that affect their ability to work ...
October 5, 2015

Around the Farm Table with Lyle Schlomer

Lyle Schlomer is an organic crop farmer in Osseo, Wisc., where he has been farming and living his whole life. He loves growing crops on the land he grew up on, so when he sold the cows a couple years back, he didn’t regret it, because he realized his passion was growing crops organically. Currently, Lyle is farming 140 organic acres of corn, barely, and clover. Growing crops, and farming in general, has never been a breeze for Lyle. He found out how dangerous and unpredictable farming can be very early in life. At the age of two, Lyle lost his right leg in a grain auger accident. He sustained a right-leg amputation to the hip area, but remains unable to wear a prosthetic. His left leg was also involved in the accident, but didn’t require amputation. Lyle uses crutches to get around. The crutches have cuffs that go around his ...
September 30, 2015

A Look at UAVs in Agriculture

From the advancements in animal well-being, the milestones made in biotechnology, to technological developments in precision agriculture and precision animal management, agriculture is a continuously evolving industry. One of the newest popular technologies starting to be used by farmers is called an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as a “drone.” These small aircrafts are remotely controlled and have many possibilities and potential benefits for farmers around the world. Brian Luck, AgrAbility of Wisconsin Co-Director, assistant professor in Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison and a UW-Extension machinery and precision agriculture specialist, has been working on solving issues related to precision agriculture. During a presentation about assistive technology, Luck described prospective uses of UAVs for farmers with injuries or limitations. For instance, UAVs may provide farmers who cannot easily move around their farms with the capability of checking field crops or animals in the pasture. This would decrease the need to travel ...
August 18, 2015


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