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At the tractor safety station, kids got the chance to see what the inside of a tractor looked like, as well as the engine under the side hood of the combine. (File photo/southernminn.com)

University of Minnesota Extension is offering youth tractor and farm safety certification.

Youth who are 14 years and older can learn about safe equipment operation and general farm safety.

Students who complete this program will receive a U.S. Department of Labor certificate of training. This certificate is required for youth ages 14 and 15 who wish to work with equipment with over 20 horsepower anywhere other than their family farm.

This program is offered in a hybrid model, with an online learning component followed by hands-on activities and training.

Enrolled students work through the online modules at their own pace. They take 6-8 hours total to complete and are followed by a written exam.

The mandatory in-person training includes additional education and demonstration, practice time working with the equipment, and a driver skills test. The two in-person days run for 6-7 hours each day.

Local in-person training days are July 12-13 at Quality Equipment Sales in Faribault.

Cost is $40, which includes all materials and meals on training days. Scholarships are available.

Additional dates and locations, more information and registration can be found at z.umn.edu/TractorSafety.

Questions, contact Claire LaCanne at 507-332-6165 or lacanne@umn.edu.

Reach reporter Michelle Vlasak at 507-333-3128. ©Copyright 2022 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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