Youths can train to use farm equip­ment

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

The 4-H Youth Devel­op­ment Pro­gram at Cor­nell Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion of Dutchess County will of­fer a trac­tor and ma­chin­ery safety train­ing pro­gram for youths from Feb. 23 to April 1 at the Farm and Home Cen­ter.

The fee is $45, and the reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Feb. 3. A par­ent/guardian con­sent form must be com­pleted at reg­is­tra­tion.

The pro­gram qual­i­fies young work­ers for Haz­ardous Oc­cu­pa­tions Or­der in Agri­cul­ture cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which is re­quired to op­er­ate farm trac­tors and equip­ment. Youths 8-13 may par­tic­i­pate in the class­room por­tion, but only chil­dren 14 and older may op­er­ate equip­ment and be cer­ti­fied.

The pro­gram will in­clude dis­cus­sions, demon­stra­tions, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, in­de­pen­dent study and field as­sign­ments. A writ­ten exam and driv­ing test then will be given.

To reg­is­ter, call Cassie Messina at (845) 6778223, ext. 108, or email cmm473@cor­

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