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2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course recap


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse

Extension Educator for

Fillmore and Houston Counties

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the 2016 Youth Tractor Safety Course! The course was held June 6-8 at Rushford-Peterson High School and we had 11 youth from multiple counties participate this year.

I would like to thank Colby Lind, Brad Harguth, and Ethan Latham for helping teach the course this year. The course would not run as well as it does without the help of our local FFA/agricultural advisers. Their experience resonates with the students and their presence allows us to give the students the one-on-one attention they need when working with the tractors. I would also like to thank Hammell Equipment in Rushford and Olmsted County for lending us the equipment we used for the hands-on training and exams. And I would also like to thank Rushford-Peterson Schools for allowing us to use their facilities for teaching the course. All of these contributions go into making this program the real success that it is.

All pieces of equipment, from tractors to lawnmowers, present real health hazards no matter if you are working on a farm or in someone’s backyard in town. For our youth who work with potentially dangerous equipment, this course is critical for their safety and personal development. The course covers a range of topics on tractor operation and general farm safety including, tractor rollovers, roadway hazards specific to farm implements, dangers of PTOs, grain safety and more. The material is taught through lectures, videos and hands-on time with real equipment. To pass the course, students must pass a written exam, a driving test, and show that they know how to attach and detach a piece of equipment.

Not only is this course critical to our youth, the certificate they earn is required by federal law if anyone wants to hire them to run machinery off of their family farm. Without a certificate, youth under the age of 16 cannot use a tractor with greater than 20 power take-off horsepower off of their family farm. With a certificate, youth ages 14 and 15 can use tractors and machinery in their employment but are still limited in their work activities by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Some may choose not to worry about this certificate because no one goes farm to farm checking for them. Remember that that approach not only sets a poor example for our youth but also opens up employers to liabi .....
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Farmers care about their animals: Tipsy, our special cow

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Meet 1226. She may just look like an ordinary calf to you, but to us, she has a special history. Her mom is 639, a good cow, keeps to herself, and milks like crazy. But who I (Alicia) really want to tell you about is her grand-dam, 477. 477 was born ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Dairy Knowledge Bowlers experience success

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Janet Kappers Since 2008, Stacy Leiding of Fountain and Christine Troendle of Lanesboro have been helping Fillmore County Dairy 4-H’ers study their lessons. When their children, Haely and Kayla Leiding, and Travis and Jared Troendle, became o ..... 
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Fillmore County woman is Princess Kay Finalist

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. CLOUD – Twelve county dairy princesses have been named finalists for Minnesota’s 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an icon for the state’s dairy community best known for the Minnesota State Fair butter sculptures associated with it. Th ..... 
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Farm safety: it’s not just for farmers

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties Just because you are not a farmer does not mean you are not exposed to many of the same hazards that farmers are. For example, how long has it been since you had your tetanu ..... 
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Holstein calf born at 15 pounds thriving and growing

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Hannah Wingert High school freshman Kelsey Biel has seen many calves born on her family’s dairy farm, but there’s one that’s extra special to her. Gleam, a Holstein, was born on March 21 of this year weighing only 15 pounds. Gleam’ ..... 
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USDA offers new loans for portable farm storage and handling equipment Portable equipment can help producers, including small-scale and local farmers, get products to market quickly

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

COLUMBUS, OHIO, April 29, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marke ..... 
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Breaking BIG STEER news

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Agriculture

This photo was sent to the Fillmore County Journal along with the following: “Dear Willy the Steer, We’ve been showing your pictures to Eddie the last two weeks. He’d like to get together and share a feed bag at the “Big Steer” restaurant! ..... 
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First Ag Tourism Business to be permitted

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

At the May 19 Planning Commission meeting, a public hearing was held to consider an application for a conditional use permit under the new ordinance amendment permitting Agricultural Tourism Businesses, Section 739. Todd Juzwiak, Dream Acres in Fi ..... 
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