Tractor Safety

Youth Tractor Safety Certification Course

The 2018 Youth Tractor Safety program will be held June 18, 19, 20 & 22 at Burlington High School from 9 AM – 3 PM (ending earlier on June 22).

This program is designed to teach tractor and general farm safety. It includes both classroom and hands-on driving instruction, culminating in a final written and driving exam. The program is open to youth ages 12 – 16. The cost of the program is $50/participant.

See the 2018 Tractor Safety Registration flyer for more information.  Online registration available at:

For more information: Contact Leigh Presley, Kenosha/Racine Counties UW-Extension: 262-857-1948 (Kenosha) or 262-767-2905 (Racine),  Please contact Leigh if youth will need any special accommodations during classroom instruction or testing.

This 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.

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