Coming to his aid

Dale Peterson milks 35 cows on his farm near Grantsburg, Wis. In 2011, Peterson was diagnosed with cancer and received a knee replacement. With the help of neighbors, community members and AgrAbility of Wisconsin, he has been able to continue farming. PHOTO BY CASSIE OLSON GRANTSBURG, Wis. - A lot can happen in one year's time: a change in career, the start of a family, the growing of a herd. For Dale Peterson of Grantsburg, Wis., however, a year's time meant overcoming tremendous challenge and heartache with the love and support of some great neighbors and a charitable community. After finding a cancerous tumor in his knee and leg in 2011, Peterson has been operating his 35-cow dairy with the help from generous friends and neighbors, along with the aid of AgrAbility, an organization that promotes success in agriculture for farm families dealing with farm injury, disability or limitation. "I really ...
April 15, 2015

Wear and tear of farm work

Leverenz shares how to limit injury risk on dairies Paul Leverenz with Easter Seals Wisconsin provided many tips and tricks for personal care on the farm during a presentation on March 13 at the 2015 Wisconsin Ag Women’s Summit in Middleton, Wis. PHOTO BY KRISTIN OLSON by Kristin Olson MIDDLETON, Wis. - It's estimated that 38,740 farmers in Wisconsin are working through some sort of limitation or disability. According to the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day, about 167 agricultural workers suffer a loss or injury. Of those injuries, 5 percent - or 3,000 - cases result in a permanent impairment. In 2012 alone, 14,000 youth were injured on the farm, and a lot of those were directly correlated to farm work. Paul Leverenz, vice president of Vocational Services with the Easter Seals Wisconsin FARM Program, addressed this topic and shared ways to significantly reduce this risk during the afternoon ...

Volunteer digs deep — helping and farming

Keith Posselt was named Easter Seals Wisconsin’s Outstanding Volunteer last year. The Outagamie County beef producer joked that this recognition goes against everything he was taught growing up on a farm. He said it reveals that a person can, in fact, be noticed in a positive way while sitting around all day. Like other farmers, Posselt has a strong work ethic. He works hard and puts in long hours, digging deep when the task at hand demands it. But unlike most, this Dale farmer operates his farm sitting in a wheelchair. “You go to work and do your job and you never expect to be recognized for what you do,” he said when receiving the award. “It is a privilege and an honor to be part of a program that helps people keep doing the job they love.” Posselt volunteers his time helping fellow farmers who have physical challenges. He speaks on behalf ...
March 30, 2015


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