HUDSON — A tractor and ATV safety program specifically for teens is scheduled for May. The National Safe Tractor & Machinery Operation Program and ATV Safety Workshop educates participants about: risks of farm related activities, how to act safely in different farm work settings, identifying and correcting farm hazards to prevent injuries and illnesses, and how to obtain safety information about equipment that they may be operating.

Participants will gain hands-on experience with tractors, skid steers and UTVs. They will also earn their HOSTA safety certification once they pass the written, skills and tractor driving operation tests.

Youth 14 & 15 years old are required to have a NSTMOP certificate when employed on a farm or agribusiness that includes operating equipment.

Older youth may attend, as well. Participants need not be a currently enrolled 4-H club member. Youth participants must be at least 14 years old as of May 1. Live virtual educational sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20 and June 3. In-person sessions will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich with practice driving on June 5 and skills & driving testing on June 12.

The fee is $35 per teen and the deadline for registration April 19. To confirm your spot mail/drop off a check made payable to CCE or cash to the Extension Education Center, 479 Route 66, Hudson NY 12534 OR the Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405. Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties at 518-318-1210 if you have any special needs.

To register go to https://reg.cce.cornell.edu. For information, contact Linda Tripp, 4-H Educator at 518-605-0786wc or by email Lke2@cornell.edu.

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