Cherry County 4-H
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Nebraska Extension in Cherry County
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Valentine, NE 69201
2016 Tractor Safety Training
Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at eight locations in Nebraska during May, June and July. Any 14 or 15-year-old teen that plans to work for someone other than his/her parents should plan to attend.
Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents or guardian. Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with mechanized equipment.
The most common cause of death in agriculture accidents in Nebraska is overturn from tractors and all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs). Instilling an attitude of “safety first”, where youth have the chance to learn respect for agricultural jobs and the tools involved, is a primary goal of the course.
Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. The dates for the class in Valentine at the Cherry County Fairgrounds are June 2nd and 3rd.
Pre-registration is by May 25 to the Cherry County Extension Office. The course fee of $60 includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks. For more information or registration forms, contact the Nebraska Extension-Cherry County office at 402-376-1850 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations forms are also available here.
Students should come to the class knowing how to drive a tractor. The first day of class will consist of intensive classroom instruction with hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test that must be completed satisfactorily before students may continue driving tests the next day. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Homework will be assigned to turn in the next day.
The second day will include testing, driving and operating machinery. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course as well as hitching PTO and hydraulic systems.
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