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Biadasz Memorial Fund to Help Offer Farm Gas Detector Rebates
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/07/2018

For the second year in a row, the National Farm Medicine Center will offer a rebate program for farmers who want access to a portable gas monitoring device. The funds were provided by Bob & Diane Biadasz, who started a memorial fund last year in memory of their son, Mike, after he died in a freak accident in 2016 while agitating animal waste near an outdoor manure pit.

Program coordinators say the device detects gas levels and alerts the user when potentially lethal levels are reached.

"The Biadasz family is truly unique in their proactive reaction, channeling their heartbreak so as to be part of the solution and prevent this from happening to another farm family," said NFMC Associate Research Scientist Casper Bendixsen. "The Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Education Memorial Fund is one that can truly save the life of a farmer, their family and their livestock. Gas monitoring devices are expensive to purchase or rent to use just a few times a year. The rebate is an incentive for farmers to take an extra precaution."

As part of the program, farmers who rent a four-gas monitor can mail in a form to receive a $75 rebate.

The Amherst family says they wanted to use the money to help prevent a similar farm tragedy from occurring again. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about four percent of agriculture deaths in Wisconsin are attributable to manure gas and confined spaces.

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