Tractor Safety

Youth Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Program

Dates for the 2017 youth tractor safety program have not yet been set.  Please contact Leigh Presley at 262-857-1948 to be notified when dates are determined.

This 24-hour program meets the requirements of Wisconsin Act 455, which requires youth under the age of 16 to hold a certificate of training in order to operate a tractor or self-propelled implement of husbandry on a public road.  It also meets the child labor requirements in agriculture under the Fair Labor Standards Act, pertaining to the employment of youth ages 14-15 on farms not operated by their parents or guardians.

Coordinated By

UW-Extension of Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha Counties.

Points to Ponder

  • 82% of fatalities involving youth under the age of 16 result from farm implements.
  • Youth under the age of 14 are involved in nine times more accidents than operators who are between the ages of 25-44.
  • Youth under the age of 15 are involved in more accidents while driving on public roads.
  • Common causes of accidents are inexperience, lack of maturity, and the inability to react quickly when confronted with a dangerous situation.



Leigh Presley
Agriculture Educator

Kenosha County UW-Extension
19600 75th Street
Bristol, WI  53104

Racine County UW-Extension
209 North Main Street
Burlington, WI  53105