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No foolin’: Tractor safety training for teens makes good sense

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The Frontier Extension District will be sponsoring a Hazardous Occupation Training (H.O.T) class in April. This class is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents.

Only 14 or 15-year-olds that work for their parents on the family farm are exempt from the training. The training is required, however, if the family farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.

The class will meet 7-10 p.m. April 9, 15 and 16, at the Pomona Community Center, in Pomona. The written and driving test will be given at 8 a.m. April 19 at a location to be named later. There is a registration fee of $6 to cover class materials.

Registration is required April 7 by calling the Frontier Extension District offices in Lyndon at 785-828-4438, or Ottawa 785-229-3520, or by emailing Extension agents Rod Schaub at [email protected] or Darren Hibdon at [email protected].

The tractor training is co-hosted by Osage County Farm Bureau.

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