MADISON CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County is pleased to once again offer the Madison County Agriculture and Tractor Safety Certificate Program. This course is open to 14 to 19-year-old youth interested in working on a farm. The program will take place on Monday evenings from 6-9pm starting February 24th until March 30th. This seven-session course will cover many aspects of farm safety with an emphasis on safely operating farm equipment and safety around animals.
To successfully complete the program, participants must attend all sessions and pass both a written and practical exam. As part of the program, participants will have the opportunity to practice driving tractors and skidsteers at two Saturday sessions held on March 7th and 14th. These driving sessions are highly encouraged to ensure that everyone is comfortable operating equipment before taking their exams. Upon successful completion of the test, participants will receive a certificate from the Department of Labor. Employers are required by law to ask for this certificate before hiring a 14 or 15-year-old youth to work on their farms.
This year’s Agriculture and Tractor Safety Certificate Program only costs $20 to attend, which includes all required textbooks. Enrollment is required before the first session. To register, please go to: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Tractor Safety_225 . This program is a cooperative effort between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, the Madison County 4-H and FFA Programs, SUNY Morrisville educators, and community volunteers. This year’s sessions will be held at SUNY Morrisville, Cazenovia Equipment Company, White’s Farm Supply, Gold Star Grain, and Kelsey’s Monanfran Farms.
CCE of Madison County has been serving the community since 1917. We are proud to be part of the Cornell land grant mission of building strong and vibrant communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. The CCE 4-H youth development program provides opportunities for all youth ages 5-19 to participate in innovative, fun programs through which they develop life skills. 4-Her’s learn valuable skills, have fun, make new friends, solve problems, earn awards, practice citizenship, develop leadership abilities, and make a difference in their communities.
–CCE of Madison County
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