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2024 Nebraska tractor safety certification days announced

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Nebraska is set to host the 2024 Tractor Safety Days, aimed at teens who work on farms or are keen on learning safe farming techniques. Scheduled across the state in May and June, these events are crucial for youths needing certification to operate farm machinery legally. 

The program, designed for 14- and 15-year-olds, allows them to legally operate tractors and other equipment under federal laws, allowing them to operate on family-owned farms. It aligns with the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program and includes a two-day certification process. 

Day 1 of the certification involves hands-on safety training and a written test covering essential safety and operational procedures. Participants must pass these quizzes to move on to the next phase. Those unable to attend in person will receive materials and instructions to complete this part online. 

Day 2 focuses on practical tests, including a driving exam and equipment operation, specifically highlighting ATV, UTV, and other off-road vehicle safety. Successful completion of both days grants certification, allowing these young operators to work on farms and ranches across Nebraska. 

The training costs $40 per participant, covering all educational materials, lunch, and snacks during in-person sessions. Payments can be made online or by mailed check. While the program targets teens, children under 14 can attend the first day of training free of charge if accompanied by an adult. 

Registration is required at least one week before the desired dates, through an online portal. The program, supported by the Nebraska Extension and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, includes the following schedule: 

  • North Platte, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson County Extension Office (348 W. State Farm Rd.) 

              May 21: Certification Day 1 — 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

              May 22: Certification Day 2 — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

  • West Point, Cuming County Fairgrounds (W. Washington St.) 

              May 28: Certification Day 1 — 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

              May 29: Certification Day 2 — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

  • Weeping Water, Cass County Fairgrounds (8400 144th St.) 

              May 30: Certification Day 1 — 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

              May 31: Certification Day 2 — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

  • Gering, Legacy of the Plains Museum (2930 Old Oregon Trail) 

              June 4: Certification Day 2 — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Additional dates and locations include Gordon, O'Neill, Grand Island, and Hastings, each providing structured training sessions conducive to learning and compliance with safety standards.  

Participants attending Certification Day 2 locations must complete Certification Day 1 at an alternative venue or online module, including passing a written exam, before proceeding to Certification Day 2. 

This initiative underscores Nebraska's commitment to fostering a safe and knowledgeable future for its agricultural community. 


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