UW-Extension offering youth tractor safety course

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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.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday, June 20-24 from 8 a.m to noon.  Testing will be held on Monday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Youth are required to attend all sessions.  The tractor safety course will be held at Burlington High School.

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; snacks will be provided each day.

This course is limited to 25 participants.  Registration information can be found at http://walworth.uwex.edu/ agriculture/youth-safety/.

For more information, please contact Walworth County UW Extension office at 262-741-4968, Racine County UW Extension office at 262-767-2905, or Kenosha County UW-Extension office at 262-857-1948.


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