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Registration Deadline Extended For Youth Tractor Safety Course

Derby--The registration deadline for the youth tractor safety certification course offered this spring in Derby has been extended to April 19. Certification is required for all 14 and 15-years-old who work on a farm other than their family's farm although the course also is strongly recommended for older teens.

Dates for the four-session course, which will be held at the North Country Technical Career Center (NCTCC), are April 25, April 27, May 4 and May 11. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

The certification course, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and NCTCC's Agriculture and Natural Resources program, is open to all teens, 14 to19 years old, from Vermont and neighboring states. The fee is $60, which covers all sessions, lunches, materials and the testing fee for the certification exam. Scholarships are available.

To register, contact Liz Kenton, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at ekenton@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7967, ext. 308, or toll-free at (800) 571-0668 (Vermont calls only). If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate or to request financial assistance, please call by April 19.

The course will provide hands-on instruction for operating tractors over 20 horsepower and other farm equipment as well as cover general agricultural safety and how to recognize and correct potential hazards on the farm. Teens must attend all four sessions and pass a 50-question written knowledge exam and a skills and driving test in order to receive their National Safe Tractor and machinery Operation Program certificate.

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