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Tractor safety course is held in Gering and Gordon – KCSR/KBPY

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John Thomas demonstrates tractor safety during the 2023 Tractor Safety Course at the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering. Photo by Chabella Guzman

By Nebraska Extension

The annual Nebraska Tractor and Equipment Safety Certification Course with Practical Safety is held in June at Gordon and Gering. The courses are organized by Nebraska Extension and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health.

The two-day certification includes a hands-on safety day with a written test and tractor and equipment safety training with a driving test. Successful completion of Certification Days 1 and 2 will result in certification for 14 and 15 year olds to be employed on farms and ranches.

The course costs $40 and includes educational materials, the online learning link (if applicable), supplies, and lunch and snacks during the in-person training. Payment is made online with a credit card.

Young people under the age of 14 can only register for and participate in Certification Day 1 if accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 14 are still required to register, but no registration fee will be charged.

Both parts of Certification 1 and 2 are offered in Gordon. A hands-on safety day with a written test will be offered on Wednesday, June 5 at 613 E 3rd Street, and the second part will be a driving test on Thursday, June 6.

In Gering, only Certification Day 2, a tractor and equipment safety training course with a driving test, will be offered at the Legacy of the Plains Museum on Tuesday, June 4. Participants must complete the written test online before taking the driving test.

To register, visit: go.unmc.edu/tractor-safety-training. For more information, please contact your local extension.