Adapting to Preserve Traditions
Eric Beckman, a fourth-generation Nebraskan farmer, experienced a vehicle accident that resulted in quadriplegia. Doctors and therapists encouraged him to find another profession, but Eric responded, “I’ve never wanted to do anything but farm.”
The AgrAbility team conducted an assessment to match Eric with assistive technology that would help him continue farming. Today, Eric has adaptive equipment installed on his tractor, sprayer and combine – allowing him to farm over 3,500 acres of land.
The day his equipment was delivered, his father broke down in tears. He didn’t think his son would ever get into a tractor again. “Our roots come from farming; our hearts and everything we have,” said Eric’s father. “Farming is what we do.”
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