Tractor safety course offered in April |

Tractor safety course offered in April

Richard Snell
Barton County Extension Agent

Just like Christmas, the farm safety course that we teach at the county extension office comes but once a year. Hopefully we will have youth signing up as if they were lining up for Christmas presents.

Our tractor safety class for 14- and 15-year-old youth will be starting in April.

There will be 5 class sessions and you need to attend at least four of the five.

The class will meet from 6:00 – 9:00 in the evening on April 8, 13, 19, 20 and 22. All sessions will be in Great Bend, Kan. All but one will be at the Extension Office.

The other one will be at Straub International. The cost will be $15. We need your money by April 7.

We need each student’s name, social security number, age, date of birth, address, phone number, parent’s name and farm employer (if you know who it will be).

When you enroll at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street (corner of 12th and Baker) in Great Bend, students will receive their book for the course.

Students will need to read the first three chapters and answer the questions at the end of each chapter.

A parent or guardian will need to attend at least one of the class sessions. If the student is 16 or older, then we ask that the employer, who is asking them to take the course, to please attend. We feel it is beneficial for the parent or employer to see what is being taught.

This will not be a course to teach young people how to drive a tractor. The driving practice and test need to be completed by the employer or parent. We used to do the driving part but time restraints prevent us from doing so except in unusual cases. Most counties do not do the driving part anymore.

The actual safety training (Hazardous Occupations) on tractors and machinery is supposed to involve 20 hours of instruction. About half of that really should be the driving practice and testing. Most youth will do better if they actually get to learn on the tractor they will be driving on the job.

If you are a farmer or agri-business person interested in helping teach the class, call (620) 793-1910.