Youth seeking employment on farms this coming summer will need this certification.

An 8-week safety course being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County’s 4-H Program will certify youth to operate tractors. The Tractor Safety and Certification program begins on Jan. 26.
The series of classes is for youth age 14 and 15 to meet the certification requirement of the U.S. Department of Labor National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operations law. Youth seeking employment on farms this coming summer will need this certification. Older participants may sign up if space allows.
Ontario County 4-H only offers this course once a year to youth in Ontario and surrounding counties. The 2017 classes begin on Jan. 26 and will be held on Thursday nights through March 23 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Canandaigua. The driving test will be Saturday March 25. Classes are taught by volunteers with many years of practical experience as well as local farm equipment shop owners and employees. Tours of local equipment dealers, Monroe Tractor and Lakeland Equipment and American Equipment, are included in the series of meetings.
Attendance at all classes is mandatory to receive the certification along with a written exam and driving test. The cost for Ontario County residents to take the certification series is $25 and out of county residents is $35. Employers are encouraged to have potential employees attend for the certification requirement.
The first meeting on Jan. 26 will be a presentation from the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health of Cooperstown. The public is welcome to attend this evening to learn more about farm safety and prevention across the state.
To register and for more information, contact Amy Morrisey, 4-H Educator at 585-394-3977, Ext. x 429 or email at alm72@cornell.edu
For information about the 4-H program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, contact the office at 585-394-3977 or email at ontario@cornell.edu
County residents with concerns or questions related to agriculture, horticulture, water quality, 4-H youth development, parenting or family financial management can call 585-394-3977.