Tractor safety course offered in Dodge City May 2
With summer quickly approaching, area youth are beginning to think about summer employment. Many of them will choose to work on a farm or ranch. A tractor safety course will be held in Ford County May 2 at the Dodge City Community College.
Law requires that any youth, age 14 to 16, whom someone other than his or her mother or father will employ on the farm to be required to complete a certification course. All teenagers are encouraged to participate.
The purpose of the course and test is to provide teenagers with a fuller appreciation and awareness of needed safety practices around tractors and farm machinery. As well as, provide 14 and 15-year old youth an opportunity to receive a tractor operator's permit, required by Child Labor Regulations in regard to agricultural hazardous occupations before they can be employed to operate a tractor.
Any teenage youth may participate, regardless of age. Those completing the course and test will receive an operator's certificate upon completion when he/she turns 14. Those who are 16 or older do not need an operator's certificate, but are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Instruction will begin at 8 a.m., and run until 5 p.m., May 2. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the Ag Tech Building (located just south of the small irrigation system, on the northwest corner of the campus) on Dodge City Community College's campus.
Cost is $15 and can be made payable to the Ford County Ag Activity Fund, for noon meal, handouts and handbook. The noon meal, included in the registration fee, consists of fresh off the grill hamburgers, baked beans and potato chips. Students are encouraged to eat the meal provided. Please contact the Ford County Extension Office at 620-227-4542 with any participant's dietary restrictions.
Pre-registration is required for the tractor course by April 24 at your local Extension office.
The course is sponsored by Pawnee, Comanche, Clark, Kiowa, Edwards, Ford, Gary and Hodgeman Extension Councils and the Dodge City Community College Agricultural Technology Department.
For more information contact Andrea Burns, Ford County Extension Agent at 620-227-4542 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.