Fallen farmer honored by state
August 15, 2017 by Manure Manager
August 15, 2017, Madison, WI – The Wisconsin State Assembly will honor of the life a young farmer who died on this date a year ago as a result of a farming accident.
Mike Biadasz, 29, went out to agitate a manure pit on his family’s farm near Amherst, when the crust layer on top of the pit opened, hydrogen sulfide gas was expelled. He died on Aug. 15, 2016 after being poisoned by methane gas.
The Assembly honored the young resident with a resolution that acknowledged his dedication to farming and the need for best practices to be established for manure pit agitation that mitigate risk and educate the public on hydrogen sulfide poisoning and other toxic gases.
Relating to: honoring the life and contributions of Michael “Mike” Robert Biadasz.
Whereas, Michael “Mike” Robert Biadasz was born on March 22, 1987, in Stevens Point and passed away on August 15, 2016; and
Whereas, Mike attended Amherst Elementary and Middle School and graduated from Amherst High School in 2005; and
Whereas, Mike dedicated his life to farming at a young age, attending Mid-State Technical College in Marshfield and Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and advancing in the Farming and Agricultural program; and
Whereas, Mike lived by the adage, “Live today like you are going to die tomorrow, but farm today like you are going to farm forever”; and
Whereas, Mike enjoyed hunting and the outdoors and spending time with friends and family, and always loved to make people laugh; and
Whereas, Mike was considered by many as a best friend and touched so many people throughout his life that more than 1,200 people attended his visitation to pay their respects; and
Whereas, Mike will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and neighbors; and
Whereas, Mike is survived by his parents, Robert and Diane Biadasz of Amherst, and three sisters: Amy (Tim) Tryba of River Falls and their children Everett, Bennett, and Hewitt; Lisa (Nathan) Grezenski of Rosholt and their children Jacob, Tyler, and Natalie; and Megan (Matt) Check of Wausau; and
Whereas, Mike’s legacy will live on in his family and friends, who are encouraging farmers to attend safety training classes for best practices in manure pit management and heightening public awareness of hydrogen sulfide poisoning along with other toxic gases; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, That the members of the Wisconsin State Assembly declare August 15, 2017, Mike Biadasz Day and recognize that his lifelong passion of farming will live on in his legacy; and, be it further
Resolved, That the members of the Wisconsin State Assembly call upon all stakeholders in public health, agriculture, education, and training that best practices be established for manure pit agitation that mitigate risk and educate the public on hydrogen sulfide poisoning and other toxic gases.
Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint resolution to Robert and Diane Biadasz.