Course teaches farm equipment safety to teens


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska teenagers can learn how to safely handle farm equipment at a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension course.

UNL extension educator Mark Hinze says he thinks the course is helping reduce injuries. About 300 children every year are hurt in farm accidents.

The course is open to 14- and 15-year-olds who are interested in working on farms. Teenagers who take the class are exempt from the federal law prohibiting them from working on farms other than their parents'.

Hinze says the training helps teens become more aware of what causes tractors and ATVs to overturn.

Anyone interested in the courses, which cost $60, should contact their local UNL Extension office.



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