Registration open for Ulster County 4-H Tractor Safety Certification Course for teens

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KINGSTON – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s 4-H Youth Development Program is offering their annual Tractor Safety Certification Program for youth. Participants will learn important safety skills and gain an advantage when seeking employment at a lawn or landscaping business, golf course or farm. The instructor, Grant DeWitt, is an Ulster County 4-H alumnus who holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from SUNY Cobleskill and is a former qualifier at the national level in the 4-H Tractor Operation Contest.

The course meets March 24, 26, 31 and April 2 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stone Ridge Firehouse (525 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge). In addition, there will be driving practice on May 23 and 24, time TBA, and the driving test will be on May 25 at 8:00 a.m. at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz).

The registration fee is $40 for enrolled 4-H members and $50 for non-4-H members, which includes the Student Manual. Space is limited to the first 20 paid registrants, on a first paid, first served basis. Sorry, no refunds. Visit the event page for complete details and registration at ulster.cce.cornell.edu/TractorSafety2020.

For help registering, or for more information contact Mary Lou Giuliano at 845-340-3990 ext. 339 or email mg257@cornell.edu. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 10.

The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program enables young workers (ages 14-19) to obtain a US Department of Labor Certificate of Training which is required to operate farm tractors and equipment. The course is open to anyone 13 years of age and older, however, only those 14 and older will be able to drive and become certified.

For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events go to http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/.  Stay connected to CCEUC-friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.