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Registration opens for youth tractor safety courses

Young tractor driver in a past Lyndon Fourth of July parade. File photo.

Registration is now open until May 20, 2024, for an upcoming Hazardous Occupation Training class. The class, hosted by the Marias des Cygnes and Frontier Extension districts, is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents.

Only 14 to 15-year-olds who work for their parents on the family farm are exempt from the HOT training requirement. The training is still 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 for youth planning to use a lawn mower or tractor larger than 20 horsepower.

This year’s training will be different than in the past, as participants are required to complete an online course from Penn State University called the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. The online course costs $10, and covers the book portion of the tractor and machinery safety material, and accounts for about 16 hours of training.

Participants are also asked to watch five safety videos and write three to four sentences about what they learned from the videos. Once the book portion has been completed with a passing grade, Penn State provides a printable certificate, which is submitted with the video descriptions to the Extension office by June 12.

Saturday, June 15, will be an eight-hour day of in-person safety training that will end with a tractor driving test. Participants that pass the driving test will earn a certificate of training. The in-person training will be at the Pomona Community Building, 219 Jefferson St., Pomona, Kan., before traveling to a farm for the driving test.

To register for the hazardous occupation class, contact the local Extension office or sign up at https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dz41qSIsdIjqyW. Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent with the Tractor Safety Manual, a website address to create an account and sign up for the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, a list of videos to choose to watch, and a consent form for use on June 15.

Participants will be transported by instructors to a local farm and back to the Pomona Community Center for the driving portion of the day on June 15. Lunch and snacks for the day will be provided.

For more information, contact Extension agents Rod Schaub, 785-828-4438, Ryan Schaub, 785-448-6826, or Katelyn Barthol, 913-294-4306.

One Response to Registration opens for youth tractor safety courses

  1. robertwolf says:

    This is a great reminder for young farmers (or farm helpers) about the upcoming Hazardous Occupation Training! The online course sounds like a convenient way to start the learning process, and the in-person training with a driving test is crucial for safe tractor operation.

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