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Extension offers tractor and farm safety certification for youth this summer

University of Minnesota Extension will offer youth tractor and farm safety certification at six locations across the state in 2022.

The youth tractor and farm safety certification program provides youth 14 years and older the opportunity to learn about safe equipment operation and general farm safety. Students who complete this program will receive the U.S. Department of Labor certificate of training; the certificate is required for 14- and 15-year-olds who wish to work with equipment with over 20 horsepower off their family farm or homestead.

This program is offered in a hybrid model, with an online learning component followed by hands-on activities and training.

Once registered, enrolled students work through the online modules at their own pace. The online modules take 6-8 hours total to complete. After completing their online learning, students will take a written exam and complete in-person training. 

The in-person training includes additional education and demonstration of various farm safety topics, practice time working with the equipment, and the driver skills test. 

Additional information and registration are at z.umn.edu/TractorSafety. 

You can also contact Extension educator Emily Krekelberg at [email protected] or 612-756-3977.



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