UMN Extension to offer Tractor and Farm Safety Training for Youth this summer


University of Minnesota Extension will be offering Youth Tractor and Farm Safety Training at four locations across the state this summer. The youth tractor and farm safety certification program provides youth 14 years and older the opportunity to learn about safe equipment operation and general farm safety. Students who complete the program are eligible to receive a U.S. Department of Labor certificate of training. This certificate is required for 14- and 15-year-olds who wish to work on farms as employees. This training is also a great opportunity for youth planning to work on their family’s farm.

This hybrid training includes an online course on the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program learning objectives and two days of in-person training that include tractor operation instruction in a safe learning environment. The online course takes 8 to 10 hours to complete and can be done at the participant’s own pace. After completing the online course, participants attend a two-day in-person training with hands-on instruction. All sections of the online course must be completed prior to attending an in-person session.

In-person training days are scheduled locally in SE Minnesota for the following dates and locations:

Goodhue County

July 10-11

Goodhue Co. Fairgrounds, Zumbrota

Local Contact: Aly Kloeckner, 651-385-3100

The cost to take this course is $40 per student and includes all materials and meals on training days. Scholarships are available to ensure all students who want to complete the training can do so. Contact Emily Krekelberg at for more information about scholarships.

Registration can be found at Each location is limited to 10 students so register today! If you have any questions, please contact the local educator at the location you prefer to attend!