The 2014 4-H and FFA Tractor & Machinery Certification Program will be offered to boys and girls ages 14 and up at the BOCES Center in Belmont, June 25th, 26th and 27th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Since State Law requires that 14 - 16 year olds be certified before operating farm tractors and machinery, Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Allegany County and the Vo-Ag Instructors are once again cooperating to provide this training.
Remember that many farm accidents happen because people do not recognize dangers and/or are careless around hazardous machinery. Since working on a farm is a hazardous occupation, we need to be sure that young operators have had instruction in safe operation of farm machinery. Youth operating more powerful lawn tractors with multiple attachments are susceptible to many of the same dangers faced on farms while working in the backyard. While certification is not required for youth working at home, this safety program can help ensure family safety when operating the lawn mower and gardening equipment. Registration is due by Friday, June 20th. For more information or registration forms contact Cooperative Extension at 585-268-7644 ext. 10.