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State Highlights Program That Employs Persons with Disabilities
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/30/2014

The secretaries of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Department of Agriculture cited Larry Krepline Farms LLC of Brillion as an example of how hiring people with disabilities can improve an employer's bottom line for both employers and workers. DWD Secretary Reggie Newson and DATCP Chief Ben Brancel says as the state raises awareness of the contributions of Wisconsin's dairy industry during Dairy Month, they also want to showcase the benefits of employing persons with disabilities in all sectors, including agriculture.

"We not only recognize employers such as Krepline Farms who realize the value of hiring persons with disabilities, but we also appreciate the determination of Michael Kubichek and others like him to be part of the state's workforce," Brancel said. "We further acknowledge Michael for never giving up on his desire to work on a farm and contribute to one of the state's leading industries."

Secretary Newson and Secretary Brancel congratulated Michael Kubichek of Reedsville on achieving his employment goal with Krepline Farms through connections made through DVR's team of Business Service Consultants. Michael noted during the DVR application process that his dream job would be on a farm, and DVR helped him obtain a seasonal and, ultimately a permanent position with Larry Krepline Farms LLC, an agricultural services, trucking and harvesting company located in Brillion outside the community of Reedsville.

Initiated last year, Business Services Consultants team has contacted over 5,000 businesses and has arranged 387 internships which have led to temporary employment that resulted in 486 direct hires.

Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations thanks in part to the contributions of people with disabilities, while urging other employers to consider an often overlooked skilled and capable workforce.

DVR assists over 17,000 individuals with disabilities, and in fiscal year 2013, it helped 3,840 consumers achieve their employment goals. These newly employed individuals are projected to earn $66.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

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