Nebraska Extension in Kearney County

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UNL Extension Tractor Safety Courses Offered Across Nebraska

Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses will take place at nine Nebraska locations this year. Teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm should plan to attend.

Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than parents or legal guardians. Certification received through this course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with specific mechanized equipment.

Parker Sturgis was a Kearney County 4-H’er who got his start in 4-H through the kindness of a family who wanted to help give him the experience of working with livestock. Tragically, Parker passed away in a car accident in December of 2015.  Due to generous donations, the Parker Sturgis Livestock Award has been established in his honor to help a 4-H’er gain the same experiences that he was given.   The award winner will receive a hog to show at the 2017 Kearney County Fair.  Download and print the guidelines and application below.

Parker Sturgis Livestock Award (PDF, 2 Pages, 855KB)

The Kearney County 4-H Council is offering a scholarship of $400 to a current or former Kearney County 4-H member who is a graduating senior.  One alternate will receive a $200 scholarship. 

 Scholarship money will be paid to the recipient with verification of college enrollment.

Pain in the BACK:  Preventing Back Pain in Agriculture

Back pain is the most common cause of job related disability. On average, health care costs for individuals with low back pain are 60% higher than individuals without back pain. These ailments not only impact older adults, but also impact youth as well. Due to the physical demands of the job, back pain and injury are common conditions that impact farmers and ranchers.



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