Extension to host Tractor Safety Operator's Course
The Ford County office of K-State Research and Extension will host a Tractor Safety Operator's Course April 28 on the campus of Dodge City Community College.
The purpose is to provide teenagers with a fuller appreciation and awareness of needed safety practices around tractors and farm machinery. It will also provide 14- and 15-year-old youth an opportunity to receive a tractor operator's permit, required by the Child Labor Regulations in regard to agricultural hazardous occupations before they can be employed to operate a tractor.
Any teenage youth, regardless of age, may participate. Those completing the course and test will receive an operator's certificate upon completion or 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.
Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety Instruction will be given from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28.
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.
The cost is $15 (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, 620-227-4542, with any participant's dietary restrictions.
All participants will need to complete a registration form and a 4-H Participation form in order to participate.
Pre-registration for tractor course is required by April 20, at your local Extension office.