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Tractor safety training courses for Neb. teens

Nebraska Extension’s Tractor Safety & Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered in Nebraska this year for teens 14 or 15 years of age who will work on a farm. Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years old from using certain equipment on a farm unless parents or legal guardians own the farm. Certification received through a course provided by Nebraska Extension grants an exemption to the law, allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and work with certain mechanized equipment. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend, but those under age 14 are not eligible to take the class.

The Gering class will take place June 14-15 at Legacy of the Plains Museum. To register, contact Scotts Bluff County Extension at (308) 632-1480.

The Gordon Class is June 21 (second day; day one is online) at the fairgrounds. Students complete the first day at their convenience before attending the driving component of the course on-site. Contact Melissa Mracek at (308) 327-2312 (or email to obtain the online log-in information to complete the first day of class.

On-site classes begin at 8 a.m. and end times will vary, depending on the number of participants. Cost of the course is $60, which includes educational materials, instruction, supplies, and lunches.

Print and complete a registration found at, and submit with payment to the local Extension office location at least one week before the course (call the office for mailing address and instructions). A complete list of training sessions throughout the state, with locations, site coordinator contact numbers and dates:

Fairgrounds, Geneva, (402) 759-3712, May 22 and 23

Fairgrounds, Hastings, (402) 461-7209, May 24 and 25

Fairgrounds, Kearney, (308) 236-1235, May 29 and 30

Fairgrounds, Auburn, (402) 274-4755, May 31 and June 1

Evangelical Free, Ainsworth (402) 387-2213, June 5 and 6

Plains Equipment, O’Neill, (402) 336-2760, June 7 and 8

WCREC, North Platte, (308) 532-2683, June 12 and 13

Legacy Museum, Gering, (308) 632-1480, June 14 and 15

Fairgrounds, Wayne, (402) 375-3310, June 19 and 20

Fairgrounds, Gordon, (308) 327-2312, June 21, (Day 1 online)

Fairgrounds, McCook, (308) 345-3390, June 22, (Day 1 online)

Fairgrounds, Weeping Water, (402) 267-2205, June 29 and 30❖


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