A Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture course (tractor safety) is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at John Schmidt & Sons, Inc., 2303 W. Ninth Ave., in Winfield.

The cost is $15 for educational materials. Lunch is provided by Cowley County Farm Bureau.

The course is taught by KSU Extension agents from Harper and Cowley counties, as well as machine experts from Schmidt & Sons. It is recommended for youth 12 and older.

The course that covers many areas of farm safety, including safety basics on the farm, working with machinery related, but not limited to power take-off, operating skid steers, ATVs and lawn mowers.

Any youth 14 or 15 years old who will operate a tractor, work with livestock or do other qualifying farm labor for someone other than their parent is required to pass the course to legally be employed. Youth working on a family farm with their parents are also encouraged to attend to learn safety skills on a farm.

Youth ages 12 and 13 are welcome to participate in the class, but cannot be certified until the age of 14. Youth 16 and older are also welcome to attend.

Two hours of practical tractor experience is also required for certification, this included the pre-work due at the time of the course. A parent or employer will supervise the two hours or practical experience at a later date. Actual tractor driving will not be included in the safety course.

Contact the Cowley County Extension office at (620) 221-5450 to enroll or register online at forms.gle/fPeZ1UPVtpGoiNXX6.

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