POMONA — The Frontier District Extension Service hopes to make farming safer for young Kansans.
The agency is sponsoring hazardous occupation training, specifically geared toward tractor safety. The classes are planned for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 9, April 15 and April 16 at the Pomona Community Center, Pomona. The written and driving tests are set for 8 a.m., April 19 at a yet-to-be-determined location.
The class is required for 14- and 15-year-olds who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents. The only time such youths would be exempt from needing the training would be if he or she works for their parents on the family farm. This training is required however, if the “family farm” is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparents’ farm. The training also is required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.
A $6 registration fee is required to cover class materials. Pre-registration also is required, either by calling the Ottawa office at (785) 229-3520 or by emailing the agents at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by April 7.