Dodge County UW-Extension , along with high school agriculture instructors and others offers Youth Farm Tractor and Equipment Operations Safety Training each spring. The training includes classroom instruction and a practical test.
Course Format and Curriculum
Dodge County program offer a 24-hour Tractor and Machinery Safety course for youth in Dodge and surrounding counties. Classes are offered three Saturdays in January and/or February, with a practical driving test in April or May. Historically, the three Saturday classes are held at the Dodge County Administration Building located at 127 E. Oak Street in Juneau and the driving test is at the Dodge County Fairgrounds near Beaver Dam.
Parents should plan on attending the first 45 minutes of the first class for orientation. All Saturday classes are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with a short break in the morning and afternoon with lunch about noon. Students must bring their lunch and beverage since we have allotted only 30 minutes for lunch. The written exam is usually given on the third Saturday class.
This course’s curriculum is the model for county programs across the country and includes instruction on:
- Safety—It’s an Attitude,
- Livestock Safety,
- Pesticide Safety,
- Electrical Safety,
- Confined Space Safety,
- And More!
State and Federal Laws
Wisconsin state law (Act 455) requires that any youth ages 12-16 who operates a tractor or self-propelled equipment on the highway for a parent, must successfully complete a Tractor and Machinery Safety program.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require those youths ages 14-16 that work for a non-parent must complete an approved farm safety course.
How to Register
Youths that plan to participate in this program should PRE-REGISTER by completing the registration form when it is available. The participant’s name, address, phone number, grade, date of birth and parents’ names will need to be provided.
For further information or questions, contact the Dodge County Extension Office at 920-386-3790.