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Teens Invited To Sign Up For Tractor Safety Course

Randolph Center--University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Vermont Technical College are teaming up to offer a youth certification course under the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program.

The course will meet two Sundays, June 1 and 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Vermont Tech campus in Randolph Center. Participants also will have the opportunity to schedule individual times for driving practice and testing.

While registration is open to all teens 14 and older, the course targets those 14 and 15-year-olds who need a training certificate to operate tractors and other machinery as well as handle specific hazardous operations and tasks on a farm.

The fee per person is $60, which includes classroom work and safety demonstrations, plus hands-on tractor driving instruction with Vermont Tech's farm teaching staff. The latter entails at least one session lasting three to four hours. Additional sessions may be scheduled to meet student needs.

Space is limited to the first 15 paid registrants on a first paid, first served basis.

For information or to register, visit or call Melissa Neilson at (802) 728-1677. The registration deadline is May 28 or when the class is filled. Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should call Liz Kenton, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at (802) 257-7967, ext. 308, or (800) 571-0668 (Vermont calls only) by May 23.

Topics to be covered include instruments and controls, pre-operation checks, PTO and hydraulics, maintenance, equipment and farm and highway safety, among others. To become certified, youths must log their at-home driving practice hours and pass both a written exam and driving test.

For dates and locations of other youth farm safety events, visit or contact Liz Kenton at or (802) 257-7967, ext. 308.