An eight-week tractor safety and certification course sponsored by Ontario County 4-H will begin on
January 31, 2013. The 7:00pm class will be held at the Ontario County Cooperative Extension Center,
480 N. Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. This opening session will be a presentation by Mr. Jim Carrabba
of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health and is free and open to everyone. The course
is for youth ages 14 and 15 to meet the certification requirements of the United States Department of
Labor’s National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operations Law. Youth ages 14 and 15 seeking employment
on farms next summer will need this certification. This course is only offered once each year. The participants
will each receive their own handbook published by Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture.
Classes are taught by volunteers with many years of practical experience as well as by farm equipment shop
owners and employees. The classes will include videos and tours of Monroe Tractor and Lakeland Equipment
as well as the diesel shop at B.O.C.E.S. Attendance at all classes is mandatory and a written exam and driving
test is required to be certified. The cost for Ontario County residents is $25 and out of county residents is $35.
Parents may attend at no cost. Please encourage potential employees to sign up now. To register and for
more information, contact Amy Morrisey, 4-H Educator at 585-394-3977×429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to extend new knowledge and research-based information in agriculture, family and consumers sciences from Cornell University to county residents. County residents with concerns or questions related to agriculture, horticulture, water quality, 4-H youth development, parenting or family financial management can call 585-394-3977 any time or visit our website at www.cceontario.org.