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Youth Tractor Safety Schools Set

Youth participate in a tractor safety school at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn. (NDSU photo) Youth participate in a tractor safety school at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn. (NDSU photo)
Youth will learn the rules of the road, and how to operate tractors and read an operators manual.

Fourteen- and 15-year-olds who plan to operate farm equipment for someone other than immediate family members must complete an approved tractor and machinery safety training program successfully.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding two tractor safety schools at the end of May. One will be held from May 30 through June 1 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn. The second will be at Kindred High School from May 31 through June 2.

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a four-hour all-terrain vehicle safety certification program in conjunction with the tractor safety schools.

The tractor safety school near Washburn starts at 10 a.m. May 30 and ends at 5 p.m. June 1. The school in Kindred runs from 10 a.m. May 31 to 5 p.m. June 2.

Participants will learn:

  • The rules of the road
  • How to read an operators manual
  • How to operate large and small tractors

Youth also will be exposed to obstacle courses that simulate farm situations.

Although the school is designed for 14- and 15-year-olds, youth who are 13 can participate. Tractor safety certification for 13-year-olds will take effect when they turn 14.

Youth do not have to be a 4-H member to sign up for the school.

The cost for the 4-H Camp school is $135, which includes lodging, meals and materials. The fee for the Kindred school is $100, which does not include lodging. The registration deadline is May 1. Each school is limited to 15 participants.

For more information on the 4-H Camp school, contact Rick Schmidt, an Extension agent for Oliver County, at 701-794-8748 or 701-207-0010, or

To learn more about the Kindred school, contact Kelcey Hoffmann, an Extension agent for Cass County, at 701-241-5712 or

For the 4-H Camp school, send registrations to Oliver County Extension/Tractor Safety School, P.O. Box 166, Center, ND 58530. Make checks payable to Oliver County Extension. For the Kindred school, send registrations to Cass County Extension/Tractor Safety School, P.O. Box 2806, Fargo, ND 58108. Make checks payable to Cass County Extension.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - April 11, 2017

Source:Rick Schmidt, 701-794-8748,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391,
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