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Thu, Feb 22 at 9:00am - Thu, Mar 21 at 5:00pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
480 N. Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County’s 4-H Program is once again sponsoring the Tractor Safety and Certification program beginning on Tuesday, February 22nd 2024.  This year we are holding two sessions of our course over February break; February 22nd and February 24th from 9: 00 am-1:00 pm, the remaining time will be held in the evenings on February 29th, March 7th, March 14th and March 21st with our driving test tentatively on March 23rd.

Ontario County 4-H offers this course only once a year to youth in Ontario County. Classes are taught by volunteers with many years of practical experience as well as local farm equipment shop owners and employees.  Tours of local equipment dealers and farms will take place as part of this course.

Any youth, ages 14 to 15 years old, planning on working on any farm other than their home farm must have this certification to be in compliance with the United States Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act. Registration is limited to Ontario County youths on a first come, first served basis; although, youth from surrounding counties may register and participate if space allows. Youth must be age 14 before April 1, 2024 to register. All participants must attend every session and pass the course to earn certification.

Attendance at all classes is mandatory to receive the certification along with a written exam and driving test.  The cost for Ontario County residents to take the certification series is $40 and out of county residents is $50.  Employers are encouraged to have potential employees attend for the certification requirement.

The first meeting will be a presentation with Farm Safety Specialist, Jim Carrabba, of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health from Cooperstown.

Topic covered including Tractor Safety, Animal Safety, Storage Safety and Highway Safety are among the subjects covered.  To register and for more information, contact Amy Pyra, 4-H Educator at [email protected].

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to extend new knowledge and research-based information in agriculture, family and consumers sciences from Cornell University to county residents.  County residents with concerns or questions related to agriculture, horticulture, water quality, 4-H youth development, or parenting  are encouraged to visit our website at www.cceontario.org.