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Rebates help farmers confront deadly manure gases

Cheryl Skjolaas discusses safe manure handling with emergency responders
SAFETY DISCUSSION: Cheryl Skjolaas, interim director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Ag Safety and Health, discusses safe manure handling with emergency responders on July 23 during a workshop hosted by the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Education Memorial Fund at the Biadasz farm near Amherst, Wis.
Wisconsin farmers and manure haulers can receive $75 per rented gas monitor.

The Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Education Memorial Fund is offering rebates of $75 per gas monitor to Wisconsin farmers and manure haulers who rent the portable devices to detect highly toxic hydrogen sulfide and other gases typically generated during agitation of manure storage units.

Rent a four-gas monitor from any recognized gas monitor rental company, and then mail in the receipt and completed rebate form. Program participants can rent up to five monitors per operation. Information and forms are available at the Mike Biadasz fund website. If you have questions, email [email protected].

Those who mention the Mike Biadasz Manure-Gas Monitor Rebate Program will receive special pricing from Premier Safety Inc.; call 586-840-3204. If you place your rental order by 2 p.m. central time, it will ship that day and arrive the next day.

The rebate program is in collaboration with the Marshfield Clinic Health System Center for Community Health Advancement and the National Farm Medicine Center.

The monitors are part of an ongoing safety campaign honoring Biadasz, 29, who was fatally overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas while agitating a large outdoor manure pit on his family’s farm on Aug. 15, 2016.

On July 23-24, the Biadasz family hosted two training workshops for emergency response personnel, conducted by University of Wisconsin-Extension staff from several counties. The workshops covered safety aspects of manure storage and handling, grain handling, animal handling, and machinery hazards.

“We are so happy to have you all here,” Biadasz’s mother, Diane Biadasz, told the assembled responders. “This means a lot to us. This is what Mike would have wanted us to do — to share this information with others.”

Source: National Farm Medicine Center

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