UNL Extension Tractor Safety Courses Offered Across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June.  Any 14 or 15-year-old teen who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents' should plan to attend.

  Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents or guardian.   Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with mechanized equipment.

       The most common cause of death in agriculture accidents in Nebraska is overturn from tractors and all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), said Sharry Nielsen, Nebraska Extension Educator.  Tractor and ATV overturn prevention are featured in the class work.

       "Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first' is a primary goal of the course," Nielsen said. "where youth have the chance to learn respect for agricultural jobs and the tools involved." 

       Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Dates and locations include:
-- June 8-9, Farm and Ranch Museum, Gering
-- June 11-12, West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte
-- June 15-16, Fairgrounds, Wayne
-- June 17-18, College Park, Grand Island

       Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to the Extension Office at the course site. Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks.  For more information, contact the Extension Office or Sharry Nielsen at (308) 832-0645, snielsen1@unl.edu.
The first day of class will consist of intensive classroom instruction with hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test that must be completed satisfactorily before students may continue driving tests the next day.   Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program.  Homework will be assigned to turn in the next day.
       The second day will include testing, driving and operating machinery.  Students must demonstrate competence in hitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course as well as hitching PTO and hydraulic systems.

2015 Wheat Field Days in Panhandle

Wheat Field Days have been scheduled on June 23 and 24 in four locations in the Panhandle. The field days will allow producers to view several wheat varieties and see how they are performing under this year's growing conditions. The field days are sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dates and locations are as follows:

• June 23, 6:00 p.m., Kimball County (Rainfed) – from Dix, NE, go south on County Rd 59 for 6 miles; plot is on the east side of road – Mark Halstead, cooperator
• June 24, 9:00 a.m., High Plains Ag Lab, Cheyenne County (Rainfed) - To get to the High Plains Ag Lab, take U.S. 385 to the Huntsman Elevator (6 miles north of Sidney or 7 miles south of Gurley), then drive 2 miles west, then ½ mile north. To get to the plots, go ½ mile east on County Road 32N and north on the trail road ¼ mile
• June 24, 3:00 p.m., Box Butte County (Irrigated) – from Hemingford, NE, go north on County Road 70 for 1 mile; plot is on the east side of the road – Darby Jesperson, cooperator
• June 24, 5:00 p.m., Box Butte County (Rainfed) – from Hemingford, NE, go 5.5 miles south on U.S. Hwy 2, then approximately ¾ mile west on Hall Rd. – Chris Cullen, cooperator

For additional information, contact Dipak Santra at 308-632-1244 or Vernon Florke 308-254-3918.

Managing Market Risk: Protecting Profits in a Volatile Cattle Market Workshop

Nebraska Extension will be hosting a beef marketing workshop on June 30 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

Join Dr. Jay Parsons, Dr. Kate Brooks, and Jessica Groskopf with Nebraska Extension, along with Dean Kamerzel with J.G. Elliot Insurance, as they present a beef marketing workshop on information and tools designed to help manage market risk, and develop a marketing plan to achieve your market risk management goals. Topics to be covered:

• Understanding risk preferences and setting marketing goals;
• Understanding available marketing tools;
• Hands-on simulation training;
• Livestock market outlook;
• Developing a marketing plan.

This workshop is made possible through the work supported by USDA/NIFA under award number 2012-49200-20032. There is no cost to attend, and a complementary meal will be provided as part of the event.

To pre-register please call the Nebraska Extension Office at 308-632-1260.

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