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 his 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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