The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 11, 2013

Youth tractor course planned

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Garfield County Extension Service will hold its annual Tractor and Machinery Operator Certification Program on May 28, 29 and 30.

Classes will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days at the OSU Extension Center, 316 E. Oxford. The training is for youths 14-16 years old and who will be employed on the farm. Participants must attend all classes and pass a written exam and a driving exam.

Federal law states that youths under 16 years of age can not be employed in agriculture in an occupation the Secretary of Labor declares to be particularly hazardous unless the child is employed by their parents. An exception to this is for 14- and 15-year-olds who have completed the tractor and machinery operation program.

The cost of the program is $45. To register, call Garfield County OSU Extension Center at 237-1228 for a registration form. Class size is limited.