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In these uncertain times
Alicia Boor
Alicia Boor

As with many services, Extension has been given the task to get creative on how we are able to serve. Some programs that have been canceled still need to be taught, but how? One of these items is Tractor Safety for children ages 14-16 years old. Even though the face-to-face classes have had to be canceled, we do have alternative ways to help get the education out there. If your child needs Hazardous Occupation Training to be able to work on a farm other than on an immediate family member, we can help. With internet access, we can email you the course materials for home study and then send you the test to take at a later time. After the test is returned and you pass, you will need to have a trusted adult give you training on driving a tractor. At that time, we will be able to certify you to work. 

Another service that we provide is Private Pesticide Training for adults. At this time, we are still working with producers on getting you certified. For testing, you will need to call our office at 620-793-1910 to set up a time for testing. If you need a book to be able to study before taking the test, call the office and we can set up a time for you to come get a book to check out or purchase.  

The last few weeks have been very stressful, but Extension is here to serve. If you have any questions, or if you need anything, please contact us. We can normally help with most items through phone calls and email. You can contact me by calling 620-793-1910 or emailing me at

Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District.