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Frontier Extension schedules tractor and farm safety class in time for spring planting

fordtractorROP2With Frontier Extension District’s tractor safety class coming up on May 26, 2017, any interested 14 and 15-year-olds are urged to sign up soon. Preregistration is requested by May 19 for the Hazardous Occupation Training, which is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents.

The class will meet 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the Pomona Community Center, Pomona. The driving and written test will be given off site at a local producer’s farm. Youth will be transported by the instructors to the farm and back to the Pomona Community Center. There will be a small registration fee of $6.00 to cover class materials.

Preregistration is required by calling one of the Frontier Extension District offices, Lyndon at 785-828-4438; Ottawa at 785-229-3520; Garnett at 785-448-6826 or by emailing the agents Rod Schaub,, Darren Hibdon,, or Shannon Blocker, by Friday, May 19

The only time a 14 or 15-year-old would be exempt from needing this training would be if he or she works for their parents on the family farm. The training is required, however, if the family’s farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. The training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.

Participants are required to pick up tractor safety materials from an Extension office and to have read the materials prior to the start of the class.

Information thanks to Frontier Extension District.

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