Tractor Safety Operator's Course to be Held
Many teenagers are beginning to thing about summer employment. In many cases in Southwest Kansas, that may be working on a farm. The Extension Councils from Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Mead and Pawnee Counties along with the Walnut Creek Extension District will be hosting a Tractor Safety Operator's Course on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Edwards County Fair Building, 1305 South Niles (South Highway 183) in Kinsley.
The purpose of this course is to provide teenagers with a fuller appreciation and awareness of the needed safety practices around tractors and farm machinery. The law requires any young person, ages 14 to 16 who will be employed by someone other than his or her mother and father on the farm is required to complete a certification course. Any teenager, regardless of age is encouraged to participate. Those that are 14 will receive an operator's permit upon completion of the requirements of the course. Those over 16 do no need a certificate, but are also encouraged to participate.
Topics to be covered include instruments and controls, PTO and hydraulics, maintenance and safety checks along with presentations on fire extinguishers, public road safety and anhydrous ammonia.
Registration will begin at 8:00 am at the Edwards County Fair Building. The course runs from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. A minimal registration fee covers the noon meal, breaks and handouts.
Pre-registration is required by April 29th. A flyer and registration can be found online at Tractor Safety. You can pre-register by contacting the Ford County Extension Office at 620-227-4542 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.