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Youth tractor and farm safety certification

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The youth tractor and farm safety certification program teaches youth 14 years and older about safe equipment operation and general farm safety. Students who participate in the program will:

  • Work hands-on with full-sized tractors and implements.
  • Receive training in farm-related basic first aid.
  • Learn about farm safety from a range of experienced community members.

Students who complete this program will receive a U.S. Department of Labor certificate of training. This certificate is required for 14- and 15-year-olds who wish to work off of their family farm or homestead using equipment over 20 horsepower.

Online and in-person training

The youth tractor and farm safety certification program includes both an online learning experience and two days of in-person hands-on training in the summer. The online course can be completed at your own pace within one to two weeks.

Once you have registered for the in-person program, we'll send you the details about accessing the online course.

Training overview and testimonials

Thank you to Penn State Extension

U of M Extension is using the curriculum from the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program run by Penn State Extension. View more information about the curriculum.


For tractor safety info and upcoming training dates, contact Emily Krekelberg at 612-756-3977 or krek0033@umn.edu.

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