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OSU Extension Offers Tractor Safety Training Course

July 20, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Educators and volunteers interested in learning about teaching tractor and machinery certification to teens can do so at a workshop offered by Ohio State University Extension July 25.

The training is one way for youths to meet current rules set by the U.S. Department of Labor that require young workers to have some form of training when working on a farm, said Dee Jepsen, OSU Extension state safety leader. Currently, teens under 16 who want to work on farms other than their parents' farm have to go through a 24-hour training program and earn a certificate, she said.

The workshop will be held July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The program, which costs $25 and includes lunch, will offer participants the opportunity to experience tractor driving course layouts and skill test evaluations, Jepsen said. 

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the training exemptions teens need to complete prior to working in agricultural environments,” she said. “Teaching resources are included in the workshop registration fees, and will include print and online access to up-to-date training materials.

Registration information for the workshop can be obtained by contacting Jepsen at 614-292-6008 or

Tracy Turner
Dee Jepsen