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Register soon for tractor safety training courses for teen farm workers :: Gordon
June 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$60
Youth who plan to enroll in upcoming tractor safety and hazardous occupations courses in Gering or Gordon should do so soon.
Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at Gering on June 14-15, and at Gordon June 21. Advance registration is requested at least a week before the course date.
The class is intended for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years old from using certain equipment on a farm unless parents or legal guardians own the farm. Certification received through this course grants an exemption to the law, allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and work with certain mechanized equipment.
The Gering class will take place June 14-15 at Legacy of the Plains Museum. To register, contact Scotts Bluff County Extension at 308-632-1480. The Gordon Class is June 21 at the fairgrounds.
On-site classes begin at 8 a.m. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.
Print and complete a registration found at https://kearney.unl.edu, and submit with payment to the local Extension office location at least one week before the course (call the office for mailing address and instructions).
The first day of classroom instruction includes 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 test before taking the driving test on day two.
The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course.
For the Gordon class, students complete the first day at their convenience before attending the driving component of the course on-site. Contact Melissa Mracek at 308-327-2312 (or email firstname.lastname@example.org ) to obtain the online log-in information to complete the first day of class.
Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class.
The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).