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Youth tractor safety classes offered

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The 25th joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. each day. It will be held at Rushford-Peterson High School. Our area High School Ag Instructors will conduct the training. Classroom instruction, videos, safety demonstrations, and actual tractor driving are key parts of the course.

Students must be at least 12. There is a $10 charge to cover the cost of the certificate and materials. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch and beverage.

If you have any questions, please contact your Ag Instructor or the Extension Office. To enroll a student, contact the Fillmore County Extension Office at 507-765-3896.

Although this is not a competition many of the youngest students become very discouraged when they are unable to do the same things as those students only a year or two older are able to do very well. Parents need to give considerable thought to rather or not their child is ready to operate a tractor!

Youth ages 14 and 15, employed on a farm need a Tractor Safety Training Course, and have a “Certificate of Training” in accordance with the Child-Labor Requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Minors under age 16 working for their parents are exempt from this law. However, if your son/daughter age 12 and up, operate tractors or other equipment on your farm, we encourage them to participate in the tractor safety training. Please register by Monday, June 2.

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