Dakota Farmer

Youth learn farm safety basics

Slideshow: Tractor safety school teaches teens farm safety principles.

Sarah McNaughton

June 10, 2021

12 Slides
NDSU Extension Agent Angie Johnson leads youth through safety practices

Youth attended a three-day tractor safety school put on by North Dakota State University Extension to prepare them for working on the farm.

This camp offers 12- to 15-year-olds a better understanding of farm machinery. It also allows youth ages 14 to 15 to be properly certified through the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. This certification allows them to find work outside of their immediate family.

NDSU Extension agent Angie Johnson says that while youth can sometimes be expected to just know what to do, oftentimes learning from an outside source helps youth ask questions and understand safety basics.

“On a farm, it’s not fair to expect a 14-year-old to operate a quarter-million-dollar tractor, that’s not fair to the youth or the employer. This school gives students that opportunity to get behind the wheel with hands-on learning,” she explains.

The camp, held at the North Dakota 4-H Camp, is one of few ways youth can achieve the required 100 hours of instruction for this certification. Four NDSU Extension agents led the course: Angie Johnson, Rick Schmidt, Dan Folske and Jill Lagein.



About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications, along with minors in animal science and Extension education. She is working on completing her master’s degree in Extension education and youth development, also at NDSU. In her undergraduate program, she discovered a love for the agriculture industry and the people who work in it through her courses and involvement in professional and student organizations.

After graduating college, Sarah worked at KFGO Radio out of Fargo, N.D., as a farm and ranch reporter. She covered agriculture and agribusiness news for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Most recently she was a 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D., teaching, coordinating and facilitating youth programming in various project areas.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, serving on the executive board for North Dakota Agri-Women, and as a member in American Agri-Women, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, enjoys running with her cattle dog Ripley, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

Sarah is originally from Grand Forks, N.D., and currently resides in Fargo.

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