The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employeeing uncertified individuals under the age of 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those young people operate such equipment.
Nebraska Extension offers Tractor Safety Training for youth looking to become certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. All youth, ages 14-15, working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Anyone older than 15 is also welcome to attend these trainings, but those under 14 are not eligible. Extensive training on tractor and ATV safety occurs during in-class lessons with hands-on activities. Instilling an attitude of safety and respect for agricultural equipment is the primary goal of this course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, or to connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor.
The first day of classroom instruction includes hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Students are required to pass the test before taking the driving test on day two. The second day will include a physical driving test with equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. To receive certification, students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. In all locations, instructors will offer an ATV simulator experience to learn about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs and UTVs. Students will also complete homework assignments for the second day.
Cost for the Nebraska Extension's Tractor Safety training is $60. For more information, contact the site coordinator for your chosen location (below).
2019 Tractor Safety Training Schedule
|Training Location||Site Coordinator||Training Dates*|
|Fairgrounds, Geneva||402-759-3712||May 20-21|
|Fairgrounds, Nelson||402-225-2092||May 22-23|
|Extension Office, Grand Island||308-385-5088||May 28-29|
|Extension Office, Kearney||308-236-1235||May 30-31|
|Fairgrounds, Gordon||308-327-2312||June 4 (Day 1 online)|
|Fairground, McCook||308-345-3390||June 5 (Day 1 online)|
|Evangelical Free, Ainsworth||402-387-2213||June 6-7|
|Plains Equipment, O'Neill||402-336-2760||June 11-12|
|WCREC, North Platte||308-532-2683||June 13-14|
|Legacy Museum, Gering||308-632-1480||June 18-19|
|Fairgrounds, Wayne||402-375-3310||June 20-21|
|Fairgrounds, Weeping Water||402-267-2205||July 1-2|
*All on-site classes begin at 8:00 AM. End times will vary depending on the number of participants.