Starting in May, the University of Nebraska medical Center, the Central States Center for Agriculture Safety and Health and Nebraska Extension will be holding tractor safety courses for teens. UNMC Assistant professor Aaron Yoder says they will be offering the course at twelve locations across the state on tractor and ATV safety.
Yoder says, “It is a two day training where the first day is a lot of classroom and a little bit of hands-on. Going over some of the general hazards in agriculture as well as some specific to tractors and machinery. The second day we do a lot of hands-on driving. There is a short course they have to drive through mainly to show that they can understand instructions and follow directions and maybe even apply a few of the skills they learned the previous day in the classroom.”
Federal law prohibits youth 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 the 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.
The schedule and contact information includes:
May 22 & 23 – Geneva, Fairgrounds (402) 759-3712;
May 24 & 25 – Hastings, Fairgrounds (402) 461-7209;
May 29 & 30 – Kearney, Fairgrounds (308) 236-1235;
May 31 & June 1 – Auburn, Fairgrounds, (402) 274-4755;
June 5 & 6 – Ainsworth, Evangelical Free Church, (402) 387-2213
June 7 & 8 – O’Neill, Plains Equipment (402) 336-2760;
June 12 & 13 – North Platte, West Central Research and Extension Center, (308) 532-2683;
June 14 & 15 – Gering, Legacy Museum (308) 632-1480;
June 19 & 20 – Wayne, Fairgrounds (402) 375-3310;
June 20 online & June 21 at Gordon, Fairgrounds (308) 327-2312;
June 21 online & June 22 at McCook, Fairgrounds (308) 345-3390;
June 29 & 30 – Weeping Water, Fairgrounds, (402) 267-2205.
The registration form can be found by clicking here.