Tractor Safety Course
On April 8 and 15, 2018 at Green Mountain College in Poultney, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H will offer a tractor safety course that can be used to earn certification underthe National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP).
Classes will run on April 8 and15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cerridwen Farmat Green Mountain College, and will include classroom work, safety demonstrations, and hands-on tractor driving instruction. The written and driving testswill be given on Saturday, April 28. Certificatestudents must attend both days of class, and will be scheduled individually for an hour of testing on April 28. Students not seeking certificationmay take the class on either April 8 or April 15 (one day only.)
Topics to be covered include instruments and controls, pre-operation checks, PTO and hydraulics, maintenance, equipment safety and safe operation on the farm and highway. To becomecertified, students must complete and document 12hours of additional practice at home, for whicha tractor and adult supervision are required, for a total of 24 hours of study. Finally, eachcertification student must pass both a written exam and driving test which will be given on Saturday, April 28.
Registration is open to ages 14and older with no upper age limit. Certified 14 and 15-year-olds may legally be hired to operatetractors and other machinery on a farm other than their own family farm. Space is limited and participants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close on March 30 or when the class is filled. Register here.
To request scholarship funds ora disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, contact Liz Kenton, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at Liz.Kenton@uvm.eduor (802) 257-7967, ext. 308 or toll free (800) 278-5480 (within Vermont) by Friday, March 16, 2018.