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Garfield County’s Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will hold the annual tractor and machinery operator certification program May 23-25.

The classes will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The training is for youths 14 to 16 years old who will be employed on a farm. Participants must attend all classes and pass a written exam and a driving exam.

Federal law states youths under 16 years old shall 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 the Garfield County Extension Center at 237-1228 for a registration form. Class size is limited.

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