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2012 Farm Tractor / Machinery Safety Certification Training

      All youth, ages 14 or 15-years old, who plan to work with farm machinery for someone other than their parent(s) or guardian(s), are encouraged to complete safety certification training in 2012. Since 1968, the Department of Labor has allowed non-farm youth (who do not have a parent(s), guardian(s), or family corporation owning farmland) to legally operate farm tractors / machinery after completing safety certification training.

Since the U.S. Department of Labor is still debating their proposed removal of the current agricultural exemption for non-farm youth ages 14- or 15-years old, these youth can still be certified in 2012. Also, the current (16 years or older youth) agricultural exemption still allows them to legally operate farm machinery with theirKansasdriver’s license.

      Hazardous Occupation Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) / tractor safety training will be provided in the River Valley Extension District at two locations in 2012. Farm/non-farm youth (ages 14 or 15 years old) may attend either of two Saturday sessions to become safety training certified. The first session option will be on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Washington county fairgrounds in Washington, Kansas. The second session option will be on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Concordia Tractor, Inc. (CTI) business north of Concordia, Kansas (corner of U.S. Highway #81 and Union Rd. on the west side).

      Please note that enrollment for the trainings is due by Friday, April 27.

Youth enrolling at their Extension office must provide birth date, phone number, and signature of parent or legal guardian, along with a nominal registration fee. Upon enrollment, youth will be given an assignment to be completed before trainings begin. Youth should also bring a brown bag lunch for the all day trainings.

      More information is available at any of the River Valley Extension District offices:Belleville(785-527-5084);ClayCenter(785-632-5335); Concordia (785-243-8185) orWashington(785-325-2121).

      K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

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