The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program will offer a tractor and machinery safety training program for youth ages 14-15. This program is open to all teens, you do not need to be enrolled in 4-H. The program will be offered on Tuesday evenings from March 13th to April 10th. The classes will run from 6 PM to 9 PM and will be offered at various locations including Empire Tractor and Monroe Tractor. There is a $20 registration fee.
This training program will enable young workers to obtain Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture (HOOA) certification, which is required to operate farm tractors and equipment for hire. The program will provide attendees with the necessary 24 hours of instruction, and it will include group discussions, demonstrations, field trips, hands-on activities, independent study, and field assignments. Upon completion of instruction, a written exam and driving test will be offered to achieve certification. The program is available to anyone 12 years of age and older, however only individuals 14 and older will be able to operate equipment and become certified. Individuals age 16 and over are encouraged to attend, as well, although enrollment preference will be given to those ages 14-15.
After last year’s course, one of the students was hired by a local farm. Employer, Jeff Rosenkrans, shared, “The employability skills that he brought with him from the course were so valuable to the Farm. His knowledge and confidence from the experience he gained through the course has made him a great asset to our Farm. Because of that, we have continued his employment. It is a wonderful program; I hope the program is available next year to other students.”
For additional information, contact Susan Coyle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-539-9251. A parent/guardian consent form will need to be completed before the first class. This program is open to any youth interested in becoming certified for production agriculture employment, and participants need not be resident of Seneca County.
Special thank is offered to Jared Marshall and Curtis Horning for organizing this program. Thank you to Junius Fire Department, Monroe Tractor, Horning Dairy Farm, Blowers Agra Service, NYCAMH, and Empire Tractor for supporting the program and providing meeting spaces and equipment.
$20 per person