Mosinee farmer tells his story of perseverance

MADISON — It has been a lit­tle more than six years since Ron Ku­siak fell from a tree stand while bear hunt­ing and ended up as a para­plegic.

Ku­siak, 54, told hi547638eac4b56.images story of per­se­ver­ance to mem­bers of the AgrA­bil­ity of Wis­con­sin Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil Nov. 6 dur­ing the coun­cil’s an­nual meet­ing. Ku­siak, who suf­fered a spinal cord in­jury in the 2007 ac­ci­dent, has been able to con­tinue farm­ing with the help of the ser­vices pro­vided by the AgrA­bil­ity pro­gram.

AgrA­bil­ity is a grant-funded pro­gram that is a part­ner­ship be­tween Easter Seals Wis­con­sin and UW-Ex­ten­sion. The pro­gram pro­vides ser­vices and adap­tive equip­ment to farm­ers with in­juries who want to con­tinue farm­ing and liv­ing in­de­pen­dently.

Ku­siak said he learned about the ser­vices while ly­ing in a hos­pi­tal bed re­cu­per­at­ing from his in­juries.

Ku­siak’s 56-head Hol­stein herd was sold be­fore he re­turned home from the hos­pi­tal, but that didn’t mean he wanted to give up on his farm­ing ca­reer al­to­gether.

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