Youth tractor and farm safety certification - Fertile
Monday, June 3 - Tuesday, June 4
This program combines online and in-person training
Students can work at their own pace for the online portion over a one- to two-week period. The in-person portion of the training is two days long. It includes a written exam and educational talks by Extension educators and experienced community members.
The hands-on portion covers practice time working with the equipment. The final exam includes driver skills test on a marked course and a demonstration of the student’s ability hitching and unhitching an implement.
Students who complete this program will receive a US Department of Labor certificate of training. This certificate is required for 14- and 15-year-olds who wish to work with equipment with over 20 horsepower off of their family farm or homestead.
200 Polk Ave. S.E.
Fertile, MN 56540
Heather DuFault, University of Minnesota Extension educator - Polk, Red Lake and Clearwater Counties
firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-280-1129
Accessing the online portion
The online portion of the training will be available to students as soon as they sign-up and must be completed before the first day of the training.
Two days of hands on learning.
- June 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- June 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Background: Learn health and safety regulations, worker compensation laws, and protection standards and environmental regulations.
- Basic safety: Learn to assess and respond to hazards on the farm by learning appropriate age-related tasks, review safety equipment and common injuries involving youth and how to perceive risks. Learn how to respond to emergency situations with training in first aid and CPR.
- Agricultural hazards: Awareness of hazards is the first step to safety. This module will cover multiple hazards found on a farm such as mechanical, respiratory, electrical, and chemical and fire, as well as confined spaces and age-appropriate tasks working with livestock.
- The tractor: General characteristics and operating a tractor are covered in both the online and in-person training. Tractor hazards such as overturns, runovers and PTO entanglements are emphasized in this module. The North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) Operations chart are covered.
- Implements: Learning how to hitch and unhitch implements, as well as maneuvering a tractor forwards and backward while pulling an implement is covered in the online lessons and the in-person driving skills test.
- Telehandlers: This lesson covers other types of equipment that youth may use including telehandlers, ATVs and utility equipment, plus auger, silage and elevator. Proper loading and towing of equipment is also covered.
Design and implementation of this program is brought to you by local FFA, implement dealers and agribusinesses.