The 2015 4-H and FFA Tractor & Machinery Certification Program will be offered to boys and girls ages 14 and up at the BOCES Center in Belmont, June 24, 25 and 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Since State Law requires that 14 – 16 year olds be certified before operating farm tractors and machinery, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Allegany County and Vo-Ag Instructors are once again cooperating to provide this training.
Registration and Authorization of Consent Forms are available from the 4-H office in Belmont (5435A County Road 48) or from the following Vocational Agriculture Instructors: Pat Ploetz – Cuba-Rushford (Cuba campus), Than Mehlenbacher – Fillmore. The forms and $15 registration fee are due in the 4-H office by June 19, 2015.
Many farm accidents happen because people do not recognize dangers and/or are careless around hazardous machinery. Since working on a farm is a hazardous occupation, we need to be sure that young operators have had instruction in safe operation of farm machinery. Youth operating more powerful lawn tractors with multiple attachments are susceptible to many of the same dangers faced on farms while working in the backyard. While certification is not required for youth working at home, this safety program can help ensure family safety when operating lawn mower and gardening equipment.
4-H and FFA youth that pass the course are eligible to enter the Tractor Operators’ Contest at the Allegany County Fair on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM. County winners may be considered for competition at Empire Farm Days.