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Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, 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 certain mechanized equipment. Certification is earned by completing a Hands-On Safety Day with written test (Certification Day 1), then completing the Tractor and Equipment Safety Training with driving exam (Certification Day 2). Successful completion of a Certification Days 1 and 2 will result in certification for 14- and 15-year-old youth to be employed on farms and ranches.

I Belong  Award

4-H Members are encouraged to celebrate the diversity, inclusivity, and self-realization they have found through 4-H projects and expressed in a 4-H exhibit. Youth interested in applying for this award will submit the application along with a picture of the exhibit by completing the information found at the application link.  Deadlines for youth to apply are due by the start of their county fair. (additional information will be updated at a later date)

2024 Dakota-Thurston 4-H All Contest Day Results

St Luke's Lutheran Church in Emerson, NE was the place to be on Saturday, March 9th, 2024. The Dakota and Thurston County 4-H program hosted All Contest Day. All Contest Day consists of Public Speaking, Presentation, Music and Favorite Foods Revue. Youth can participate in 1 or all of the events.

Judges for the day were Diana Spark and Jessica Sanders. Here are the results:

Trophies:

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