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October 20-21, 2023

Registration Closed!

Friday, October 20th, presentations will be available virtually to log in starting at 5:30PM. Presentations begin at 6PM. You may attend them in-person or virtually. To attend virtually, you may join via the link here. Digital presentations are linked below. Hard copies will be available in binders if attending presentations in-person, or at the farm the next day.

Agriculture Rescue Training

Calling All

First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Fire, Rescue, and Law Enforcement Personnel

Training for responses that are of a LOW FREQUENCY – HIGH DANGER to emergency personnel are the ones for which emergency responders should be better prepared, but are you?

Farmers are largely independent and often manage many of their own injuries and incidents. However, when a hazard transforms itself into an entrapment or serious injury, emergency services are called upon. This is when emergency personnel will be exposed to dangers less familiar to them.

In the past, many in the volunteer service had members on the department that either worked on or came from a farming background. This familiarity was an advantage to departments and agencies, and they were the “go to” people when en-route to a farm incident. Today, agencies around the state lack the knowledgeable personnel of the agricultural world and those same dangers that caused the injury to the farmer may do the same for your firefighter and EMS personnel.

This is why the National Farm Medicine Center and the Auction of Champions Donors, in partnership with Pittsville Fire Company, Life Link III Air Medical Transport, Heiman Holsteins, Heeg Farms Inc., and Marshfield Clinic Health System are in the process of helping you to be better prepared when being called to these situations. On October 20 and 21, 2023 an evening of live presentations and a full day hands-on training at various agricultural workshops is in development to train your staff on how to approach and safely rescue someone involved in an agricultural emergency.  

We will also be offering again this year a separate train-the-trainer course designed to equip participants with in-depth knowledge on how to organize and conduct their very own Agriculture Rescue Training. This will be held during the day October 20, 2023.

emergency responders trained
Departments represented
Departments recieved four gas monitor
Emergency responders trained to be instructors




This workshop is designed to familiarize the rescuer to various farm equipment and structures that may be encountered. Emergency shutdown procedures, equipment operation, storage hazards are all to be covered. A “must attend” for any personnel not familiar with this environment.

Tractor Rollover

More common tractor overturns and discussion of stabilization techniques as well as emergency medical concerns with hands on experience will be showcased in this workshop.

Silo Rescue

This workshop will be an on scene presentation of the needs to perform a safe rescue from a silo. Ropes, rigging, anchors, knots and harnesses will be utilized during the evolution. By utilization of an actual silo and equipment on the farm, personnel will be better prepared for the silo rescue.

Grain Bin Rescue

Similar to the silo rescue, grain bins have their own unique hazardsUtilizing safety equipment, this workshop will be an on scene presentation of the needs to perform a safe rescue from a grain bin.



Principles of machinery extrication will be discussed as well as hands on incident size-up, extrication and patient handling will be performed in this workshop.


Large Animal Technical Rescue

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Ketover

This workshop will give participants multiple skills and techniques to safely contain, approach and manipulate recumbent large animals in emergency situations. Safe working zones, equipment options, proper strap placement and manipulation techniques will be considered and practiced on articulated one thousand pound training mannequins. This workshop delivers the foundational techniques to manage animals in more complicated situations.

General Information


Friday’s lecture session will be conducted virtually/in-person format. In-person will be at the Robert Froehlke Conference Center, located in the Melvin R. Laird Center of the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Marshfield, WI. Virtual link will be sent to all registered participants via email within two weeks of the training. Parking is available in lot L and B (see map). Please enter from parking lot L and not street side. In the event of increased COVID precautions, the presentations will all be held virtually with a link and additional information provided to you via email. Saturday’s portion of the program will be held in-person at the Heiman Holsteins dairy farm in Marshfield, WI.


Certificates validating 9.5 hours of CEUs upon completion, pre/post test, and evaluation of the program will be awarded. 


Participants are encouraged to dress in anticipation for an active day. Appropriate PPE includes full turnout gear, or extrication gear including boots/safety shoes, gloves, helmets and eye protection. No SCBA required. Each course enrollee is responsible for providing these items. As workshops are held outdoors, be prepared in case of inclement weather. 

Ag Rescue Training Agenda

Friday, October 20,2023
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
6:15 PM
7:00 PM
7:45 PM
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
9:30 PM
Welcome and Introductions
Agrochemicals/Poisons on the Farm
Silo Rescue
Farm MAPPER 2.0 Demonstration
Large Animal Technical Rescue
Saturday, October 21,2023
7:00 AM
7:45 AM
8:00 AM
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
4:15 PM
and Breakfast
Welcome and Introductions
Workshops Running Concurrently (A,B,C, D, E, F)
Workshops Running Concurrently (A,B,C, D, E, F)
Stop the Bleed Presentation
Lunch/ Visit Booths
Workshops Running Concurrently (A,B,C, D, E, F)
Workshops Running Concurrently (A,B,C, D, E, F)
Wrap Up and Adjourn

Four Gas Monitor Program

On August 15th, 2016, Mike Biadasz was agitating a large outdoor manure pit on the family farm when he was fatally overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas. Mike’s family established a gas monitor program to help prevent other families from enduring the same kind of tragedy.

On behalf of the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Education Memorial Fund, National Farm Medicine Center, and Marshfield Clinic Health System Auction of Champions, we will be providing one free, four gas monitor if three or more personnel from your department register and attend the Agriculture Rescue Training in October.

The meters supplied for the Agriculture Rescue Training program are intended to keep all of your personnel safe as well as the agricultural community that we hope will utilize them with your guidance.

Your area needs to know about the program you are implementing and how you acquired the equipment – tell your story and why its important for everyone’s safety.

For information on the 3-year gas monitor, click here.

To learn more about Mike’s story, visit:
Photo courtesy of Conway Shield


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Are you interested in donating or becoming a sponsor of the Agriculture Recue Training program? Please contact Kyle Koshalek at for next steps and how you can help emergency responders be better prepared for agricultural emergencies.