The AgrAbility of Wisconsin has announced the hiring of a new co-director. Brian Luck joined the organization earlier this year, where his assistant professor position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison involves research and extension in the area of machinery systems and precision agriculture. Originally from Hanson, KY, his family farms 800 acres of corn and soybeans and ran a small beef cattle operation. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky and his Ph. D. from Mississippi State University.
Luck feels his background in machinery systems and precision agriculture made him a good fit for AgrAbility.
"This program helps disabled farmers and provides assistive technologies to enable them to continue farming," Luck said. "AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a great example of how extension can provide information and assistance to farmers and have a significant positive impact on their operation."
Meanwhile, Hannah Gerbitz has been named as an Outreach Specialist for the group. She has extensive knowledge of the program, having previously served as the intern of AgrAbility for nearly two years.
A recent graduate of the UW-Madison, Gerbitz holds a bachelor's degree in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication.
AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a partnership with Easter Seals Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. The program addresses issues associated with farmers who are living with an injury, disability, or limitation, by providing recommendations for worksite modifications. This allows clients to continue to work safely and independently.