Tractor safety

A 4-H member taking a previous tractor safety program receives guidance from an instructor.

CANANDAIGUA — The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County’s 4-H Program is sponsoring a Tractor Safety and Certification Course. It begins Jan. 25 and meets each Thursday through March 22.

Classes will be held at 7 p.m. in the Extension office.

The 8-week program is geared toward 14- and 15-year-olds seeking summer employment on farms. If space allows, older participants will be permitted to join.

Students must attend all classes, as well as pass a written exam and driving test — the latter will be held March 24 — to become certified. Certification is required by the U.S. Department of Labor under the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operations law.

The course will be taught by a variety of instructors, including local volunteers, as well as farm equipment shop owners and employees.

The enrollment fee is $25 for Ontario County residents and $35 for those living outside the county’s borders.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend the first meeting, which will feature a presentation on statewide farm safety from the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health of Cooperstown.

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