About Farmers in the Program
The Wisconsin farmers we serve come from all types of operations, including beef, dairy, hog, cash-crop, and specialty farms. What each farmer has in common is the presence of a disability or medical diagnosis that limits their ability to complete their farm work. These disabilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Back injuries
- Injuries caused by repetitive use
- Joint replacement
- Limb amputation or crush injuries
- Mental or cognitive impairment
- Traumatic brain injury
Our rural rehabilitation specialists have farm backgrounds and understand the issues farmers face every day. This makes it possible for them to communicate with farmers and collaborate with them to identify limitations affecting farm tasks and discuss accommodations for disabilities.
Each farmer receives an average of more than 40 hours of service. This includes an on-farm assessment by a rural rehabilitation specialist, development of plans for accommodation, identification of suitable assistive technology, gathering multiple cost estimates for equipment, working with DVR counselors to discuss farm issues, and case management to assure that the plan is successfully implemented.
Farm Client Stories
For more information on our FARM Program, contact Melba Brown at 800.422.2324 ext. 106 or directly at 608.237.1372.