Berrien County 4-H Tractor Operator Program (TOP)

Date: January 27, 2015 - March 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Old Baroda Township Hall, 9081 First Street, Baroda, MI, 49101.
Contact: Deb Barrett, smithde6@anr.msu.edu, 269-944-4126

Michigan State University Extension will offer a Tractor Operator Program through 4-H Youth Development, beginning January 27, 2015. Successful completion of the 4-H Tractor Operator Program provides 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. Certification is also utilized by youth who exhibit and participate in local contests, parades and festival activities. 4-H Tractor Operator Program begins January 27, 2015.

Successful completion of the 4-H Tractor Operator Program provides 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. The 9-week course will be taught on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., January 27 thru March 24, 2015. This schedule includes educational sessions, some driving practice, final written and driving tests, and graduation program. In addition, participants will need access to a computer that is compatible to use a Windows-based CD for part of the assignments to reach the 24 hours of required training to be certified.

We require a minimum of 24 hours of instruction and participants must be 14 years of age by the date of the driving test to be eligible for federal certification. Educational 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, first aid and emergencies. The program will meet at the Old Baroda Township Hall, 9081 First Street, Baroda, Michigan, 49101.

Registration is required through the Berrien County MSU Extension Office by January 16, 2015. Cost is $45 per person; checks are to be made out to Michigan State University Extension. We are located at 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022-9630, Phone: 269-944-4126.

The program must have at least six participants registered to be held, with a maximum of 20. The 4-H Tractor Operator Program is a major investment of time, but one of the most valuable experiences we offer that teaches young people safety, confidence and job skills to last a lifetime.

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