Nineteen area youth successfully completed the 2015 Tioga County 4-H Farm Safety and Tractor Operator Certification Program and have earned their tractor operator certificates. The youth completed 24-hours of classroom instruction, passed a written exam, a daily service test and a driving skills test; the program is taught by certified instructors.
Area equipment dealers opened their doors to provide equipment, space and assistance with the program. These businesses included Goodrich Auction Service, Inc., Newark Valley; Power & Paddle, Catatonk; Coleman’s Sales and Service, Barton; Lindsey Lawn & Garden, Apalachin; Klett Farm, Owego; Iron Kettle Farm, Candor; Joe Sign’s Equipment, Owego; and Frisbie’s Farm Equipment, Spencer.
Participants also heard a presentation from a representative of NYCAMH, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health in Cooperstown, N.Y. The participants are eligible to compete in the New York State Tractor Driving competition at the Empire Farm Days in August in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
To find out more about the Tioga County 4-H Program contact the 4-H Office, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County at (607) 687-4020 or visit their website at www.cce.cornell.edu/tioga.
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