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Seeking Adult Volunteers

  • Friday, September 28, 2018, 12:30 AM - 11:45 PM
  • Friday, November 30, 2018, 12:30 AM - 11:45 PM

Seeking Adult Volunteers to become trained instructors for the 4-H Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification Program 


The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) is a project of Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) for youth ages 14 and 15. Subjects covered include general agricultural safety, tractor and equipment operation, and highway transportation. Youth 14 and 15 are certified after successfully passing a fifty-question written knowledge test and successfully passing both an operating skills test and a pre-op/driving test.
The Steuben County 4-H Program is seeking adult volunteers to become a trained National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Instructor in order to be able to offer this program to Steuben County Youth. The training is an online course. Adults must become current with their Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County background check. If you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Kim at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2571 or at ksb3@cornell.edu.

The Hazardous-Occupation Order for youth under 16 makes it unlawful to hire or even permit without pay any youth under the age of 16 to participate in any work activities listed as hazardous, unless: 

  1. The youth is employed, either with or without compensation, by their parents or legal guardian, or
  2. The youth 14-15 years old has a training certificate which provides an exemption from certain hazardous work activities.
  3. The Tractor and Machinery Operation Program allows for youth under the age of 16 who successfully completes the program to engage in agricultural work activities below if they are 14-15 despite the fact the activities are listed as "agricultural work activities classified as hazardous for youth under 16".

Tractor Operation - This training allows youth who successfully complete requirements to: operate a tractor over 20 PTO horsepower, or connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from such a tractor. Equipment Operation - This allows youth who successfully complete requirements to operate or assist to operate the following equipment: hay mower, hay baler, forage harvester, forage blower, feed grinder, crop dryer, auger conveyor, the unloading mechanism of a non-gravity type self-unloading wagon or trailer, corn picker, cotton picker, grain combine, power post-hole digger, power post driver, a non-walking rotary tiller, potato digger, or mobile pea viner. This includes starting, stopping, adjusting, feeding, or any activity involving physical contact associated with the operation of the equipment listed. Youth must have satisfied all the requirements for the Tractor Operation and must have completed a total of at least 24 hours of instruction.

More information about the program can be found here.