UW-Extension providing youth tractor safety course Aug. 3-5

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Photo by Patrick Hajzler via stock.xchng

UW-Extension in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties are collaborating to provide a 24-hour tractor safety course for youth ages 12-16.

This program meets the requirements of Wisconsin Act 455, which requires youth under the age of 16 to hold a certificate of training in order to operate a tractor or self-propelled implement of husbandry on a public road. It also meets the child labor requirements in agriculture under the Fair Labor Standards Act, pertaining to the employment of youth ages 14-15 on farms not operated by their parents or guardians.

The tractor safety course will be held at Burlington High School. Classes will be held Monday, Aug. 3 through Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Youth are required to attend all sessions.

This course includes hands-on driving exercises, various hands-on safety demonstrations including first aid, fire safety and pesticide safety. Students will also be required to do homework assignments.

The course costs $50 per participant; lunch and snacks will be provided each day. For more information, contact Leigh Presley, Kenosha/Racine Counties UW-Extension at 857-1948 (Kenosha) or 262-767-2905 (Racine). Find the registration form online here.


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