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Tractor Safety Information

Tractor Safety Course to Be Offered in May


Spring and warmer weather are coming.  Teenagers can make themselves more marketable for jobs in agriculture by participating in the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program offered by local K-State Research and Extension Offices.  This annual course will be offered on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at the Gray County Fairgrounds, 17002 West Highway 50, Cimarron.


The purpose of this course is to provide teenagers with an 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 or father on the farm to complete a certification course. 


Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.  The course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Topics to be covered include:  tractor safety operation, working with anhydrous ammonia, ATV safety, fire safety, grain safety and working with livestock.  A $20 registration fee covers the noon meal, breaks and handouts. 


Pre-registration is required by May 24, 2023 REGISTRATION FORM.  You can pre-register by contacting the 21 Central District Extension Office at 620.659.2149 or 620.549.3502 or by e-mailing jhuntley@ksu.edu or lmtovar@ksu.edu

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Since 1969, the U.S. Department of Labor has declared many agricultural tasks to be hazardous to youth younger than 16. With certain exemptions, employment of youth under 16 for tasks that require operation of a tractor and machinery is illegal unless the youth are certified. By successfully completing this certification program, 14 and 15 year old youth may legally operate farm tractors and powered machinery for hire which they otherwise would not be allowed to operate under the U.S. Department of Labor's Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture.


The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) is a project of the United State Department of Agriculture Cooperative States Research, Education and Extension Service's Hazardous Occupations Safety Training for Agriculture Program. It was developed to respond to the need for resources to inform and support the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Regulation which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Training is designed to consistently cover core content areas including safety basics, agricultural hazards, tractors, connecting and using implements with tractors and materials handling. Testing includes a written exam along with skills and driving tests.

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Students are required to take the NSTMOP training and receive certification from a K-State Extension Agent or Vocational Agriculture teacher only.