The Tractor Safety and Certification Course will be held on June 19- 21, 2016 at the Barney Center, 1000 E. Montgomery St., Sparta. The course is taught by UW Extension Agents, Tomah, Brookwood, and Sparta Ag Teachers, with presentations/ demonstrations by Sparta Area Fire Department, and Law Enforcement. The course will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. All classroom and driving practicum will be conducted at the Barney Center in Sparta. Participants must attend the entire course and pass written and driving exams in order to pass and receive the certification.
The purpose of this course is to satisfy the requirements of the Federal Hazardous Occupation Order for Youth under 16 and Wisconsin Law Act 455. The federal law applies to youth who are at least 14 years old but less than 16 and who intend to work on farms not owned or run by their parents. The state law applies to youth under age 16 operating tractors on public roads for their immediate family’s farm. All youth under the age of 16 who intend to operate tractors on Wisconsin public roads must have this state certification. Youth must be at least 12 years old at the time of the course to attend. Youth under 12 years of age at training time legally cannot participate in the training program.
Participants enroll by contacting the agriculture instructor from their school district or by calling the Monroe County Extension Office 269-8722. Enrollment deadline is June 12th in order to have adequate materials prepared. A registration fee of $30.00 per person will be charged to cover the cost of course materials. Each person should bring a sack lunch all three days.
Information and Registrations forms are below: