The 24th joint annual youth tractor safety training is being planned for Tuesday, June 4, through Friday, June 7. The training sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Brad Harguth, Caledonia High School Ag Instructor has offered to host the training at Caledonia. Additional instructors include Ag teachers: Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton High School; Colby Lind, Rushford-Peterson; Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties; and others may be joining us. Classroom instruction, videos, safety demonstrations, and actual tractor driving are key parts of the course.

Students must be at least 12. There is a $10 charge to cover the cost of the certificate and materials. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch. Beverages are provided at a nominal cost.

If you have any questions, contact one of the listed ag instructors or the Extension Office. To enroll a student, contact the Fillmore County Extension Office at 507-765-3896.

Although this is not a competition many of the youngest students become very discouraged when they are unable to do the same things as those students only a year or two older are able to do very well. Parents need to give considerable thought to rather or not their child is ready to operate a tractor!

Youth ages 14 and 15, employed on a farm need a Tractor Safety Training Course, and have a ³Certificate of Training² in accordance with the Child-Labor Requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Minors under age 16 working for their parents are exempt from this law. However, if your son/daughter age 12 and up, operate tractors or other equipment on your farm we encourage them to participate in the tractor safety training. Register by Monday, May 20.