Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses will be held at 12 locations this year for 14- and 15-year-olds who will be working on a farm other than their own. Anyone older than 15 years is also welcome to take the Nebraska Extension class, but those under age 14 are not eligible.
The class includes extensive training on tractor and ATV safety with classroom lessons and hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and a respect for agricultural equipment are primary goals of the course.
The first day includes classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the written test before taking the driving test. Day two includes lessons on equipment operation and ATV safety and a physical driving test. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also need to complete homework assignments for the second day.
All on-site classes begin at 8 a.m.; end times will vary, depending on the number of participants.
Plains Equipment, O’Neill – (402) 336-2760 – June 7-8
Fairgrounds, Wayne – (402) 375-3310 – June 19-20
Fairgrounds, Weeping Water – (402) 267-2205 – June 29-30
Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.
Print and complete a registration found at kearney.unl.edu, and submit with payment to the appropriate Extension office for the site location at least one week before the course. (Call the number listed for the particular site for further registration details.)