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Youth Tractor Safety Schools Set

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
rick.schmidt@ndsu.edu.

To learn more about the Kindred school, contact Kelcey Hoffmann, an Extension
agent for Cass County, at 701-241-5712 or kelcey.hoffmann@ndsu.edu.

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.

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