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Tractor safety
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One of the most important programs I give is a hazardous occupation course for teenagaers. Agriculture is a family based business, and children are around dangerous situations from a very young age. One way to make a situation less dangerous is education on what the dangers may be and how to avoid putting yourself in a position that has a greater likelihood of getting hurt.
On April 28th from 6 - 8:30 p.m. and April 30th from 8 a.m.- 5p.m., Barton County K-State Research and Extension will hold its annual Tractor Safety class for youth ages 13-18. This class is required for children ages 14-16 that are going to work on a farm other than their immediate relatives, but encouraged for any youth that is going to be working around the farm or large machinery. Farm accidents are the cause of 120,000 injuries a year and children are at a high danger when working on a farm or ranch. The two day course will cover the various risks that are on a farm as well as give children the information they need to be safe when working. Cost is $15 and that covers the book, snacks and lunch on Saturday. Call the Extension office at 620-793-1910 to register for the class.
If you would like any more information about this opportunity for learning, please contact the Extension office for more information by calling 620-793-1910 or email me at
Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Barton County K-state Research and Extension. One can contact her by email at or calling 620-793-1910