SAUK CENTRE, Minn. — University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a Youth Farm Safety & Tractor Certification Program in Sauk Centre, MN. This program is designed to provide youth hands-on experience with farm safety. This event will take place on June 11th & 12th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Stearns County Fairgrounds.
For this year’s program, youth have the option to participate in one of two tracks:
Farm Safety – Track 1 is open to youth grades 3 to 9. Participants in this track will attend only June 11th activities. Participants will be exposed to a variety of farm safety topic areas including farm hazards, electrical safety, animal safety and much more. Cost of participation is $5 and includes lunch and a snack.
Tractor Safety Certification – Track 2 is designed to provide youth ages 14-years-old and older the opportunity to learn how to safely operate equipment above 20 horse power. Track 2 includes an online learning experience combined with both days of hands-on training that meet the federal requirements laid out in the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operations Program. By successfully completing this certification program, 14 and 15-year-old youth may legally operate farm tractors and powered machinery for hire which they otherwise would not be allowed to operate under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture. Cost to participate is $25 and includes lunch and snacks both days.
To register for Track 1, visit: z.umn.edu/StearnsCoFarmSafety
To register for Track 2, visit: z.umn.edu/4b9k
Registration deadline is Monday, June 3rd. Please note youth from any county are welcome to participate.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Emily Wilmes, UMN Extension Educator – Stearns, Benton, and Morrison counties at 320-255-6169, extension 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension
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