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Tractor Safety School

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Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Tractor safety school will be offered June 15 and 16 in Beulah. The event will be held at the Beulah Civic Center and run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Cost is $50 which covers snacks, two lunches, and materials.

The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program will be used to educate youth on safe farm practices and safety around farm equipment. The school will teach youth rules of the road, how to read an operator’s manual, how to operate large and small equipment/tractors, provide a safe environment for hands on operating of tractor, and provide obstacle courses to simulate actual farm situations.

The school will provide classroom and actual driving education. The afternoon of the second day the students will be required to pass a written test, driving test, and give a verbal safety walk around pre-operation inspection of the tractor.

The school is designed for youth ages 14-15 years of age. If youth are 13 years of age they can attend but the certificate of completion will not be given until their 14th birthday has been reached. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to take part in the school. Adults interested in taking part in the school are encouraged to register. If room allows we will honor them on a first come, first serve basis.

Why should youth attend a Tractor Safety School?

The United States Department of Labor Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture (AgHOs) regulation prohibits 14 to 15 year olds from operating farm tractors and attached powered take-off equipment other than their own parents operation unless the youth has successfully completed an approved tractor and machinery operation training program. Even youth that only operate farm equipment for their parents operation are still strongly encouraged to attend and it may provide insurance savings.

The deadline to register is June 8. Please register by calling 701-873-5195 or visit our website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/mercercountyextension  to obtain an application. If you have any other questions you can also email me at craig.askim@ndsu.edu.

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