4-H Tractor Operator Program

Date: December 22, 2016 - January 25, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Old Baroda Township Hall located at 9081 First Street, Baroda, Michigan, 49101
Contact: Deb Barrett, smithde6@anr.msu.edu, 269-927-5674, Ext. 4018

Michigan State University Extension offers the Tractor Operator Program through the 4-H Youth Development Program. Successful completion provides completion certificates to 13-19 year olds. Youth ages 14-15 may be eligible to receive a certificate of training from the U.S. Department of Labor required for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater, garden or agricultural tractor, by 14 and 15 year old youth employed on property not owned, leased or operated by a parent or legal guardian.

Schedule includes educational sessions, some driving practice (program focus is not on learning how to drive a tractor), final written and driving tests and graduation program. For studying; participants will need access to a computer that is compatible to use a Windows-based CD for part of the assignments. The complete program equals 24-hours of educational training for certification. Topics include: Farm/Ranch Hazards and Safety / Tractor Component Basics / Pre-Operational Procedures / Operation Basics / Tractor-Powered Implements / Self-Propelled Agricultural Equipment / Operating On Public Roadways / Basic Maintenance and Repair / ATV/Utility Vehicle Safety and First Aid & Emergencies.

Contact the Berrien County MSUE Office, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022-9630, 269-927-5674. Participants must register and have their $50.00 fee paid by 5 p.m., January 12, 2017. Checks are to be made out to Michigan State University. A minimum of six participants are required to offer the class, maximum of 20.

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