Many teenagers in the area are beginning to think about summer employment. In many cases in Southwest Kansas, that may be working on a farm. The Extension Councils from Clark, Commanche, Edwards, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Pawnee counties along with the Walnut Creek Extension District (Lane, Rush and Ness counties) and Dodge City Community College will be hosting a Tractor Safety Operator’s Course on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Ag Tech Building on the Campus of Dodge City Community College.
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 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 not 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 a.m. at the Ag Tech Building (located just south of the small irrigation system on the Northwest corner the campus of Dodge City Community College. The course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A minimal registration fee covers the noon meal, breaks and handouts.
Pre-registration is required by April 25th. A flyer and registration form can be found online at p.aspx?tabid=198
. You can pre-register by contacting the Ford County Extension Office at 620.227.4542 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.