Dodge County UW-Extension , along with high school agriculture instructors and others offers Youth Farm Tractor and Equipment Operations Safety Training program. This program includes classroom instruction and a practical test and is held only once each year.
Course Format and Curriculum
2016 Classroom Dates are three Saturdays – January 9, January 16 and January 23. All Classes will be held in the Dodge County Administrative Building Auditorium, 127 East Oak Street, Juneau. Classes are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with a short break in the morning and afternoon and lunch about noon. Students must bring their lunch. Parents should plan on attending the first 45 minutes of the first class for orientation. Dates for the late April/early May practical driving test at the Dodge County fairgrounds will be announced to participants when registrations are confirmed.
Pre-registration is required. Registration fees are $35/youth if registered by January 4 and $45 after January 4, 2016.
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 under the 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. Class participants younger than 14 will receive their federal certificate after they turn 14.
For further information or questions, contact the Dodge County Extension Office at 920-386-3790.