Tractor safety courses scheduled across Nebraska

April 7, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health will provide a tractor safety course May through July in 12 towns across Nebraska.

The Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Course is aimed at youths 14 and 15 years old. Those under age 14 aren’t eligible.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 from using certain equipment unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. But certification received through the course grants an exemption, allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive tractors and work with certain equipment.

The course costs $60. Training will be held in Ainsworth, Geneva, Gering, Gordon, Grand Island, Kearney, McCook, Nelson, North Platte, O’Neill, Wayne and Weeping Water.

Contact the appropriate Extension Office for more information or to register.