Tractor overturns are the leading cause of farm-related deaths. That’s why it’s so important that each tractor have a rollover protective structure (ROPS).
The Wisconsin ROPS Rebate Program reimburses owners up to 70 percent (maximum of $865) toward the total cost of purchasing, shipping and installing individual ROPS. Wisconsin tractor owners can apply for a ROPS via the hotline, 1-877-767-7748 (1-877-ROPSR4U), or the Web site, www.ropsr4u.com.
A ROPS, when used with a seatbelt, is 99 percent effective in preventing injury or death in the event of an overturn. More than half the tractors in Wisconsin do not have this protection.
The program is run by the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, and is made possible through philanthropic support from the Auction of Champions. More than 180 ROPS have been installed since 2013. For more information call Dr. Barbara Marlenga at the National Farm Medicine Center, 715-389-1519, or refer to the media kit for pdf ads, videos and more.