Tractor Safety

Burned combine
Due to Nebraska's intense drought conditions, which increase the risk for combine fires, Nebraska Extension urges producers to take every precaution available to harvest safely this year.

Preventing and Responding to Combine Fires

September 21, 2022
As crop residue starts the majority of combine fires, it's vital to clean equipment every day after harvesting, allow it to cool off before storing inside a machine shed, and avoid harvesting when conditions are at peak fire risk.

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Combine harvesting at sunset

Staying Safe During Harvest

September 21, 2022
Farmers and auto drivers must work together to ensure safe roadways for all this harvest season.

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Children in tractor
For safety training, Nebraska teens will have two locations to choose from — North Platte and Grand Island — and six locations where they can take the final tractor driving test to receive certification. See testing sites and registration information below.

Tractor Safety Days Scheduled for Nebraska Teens this Summer

April 14, 2022
Two training locations and six testing locations will be available to Nebraska teens seeking tractor and equipment safety certification.

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Teens participating in a tractor safety course

UNMC, Nebraska Extension Offer Tractor Safety Course to Teens

February 5, 2020
The most common cause of agricultural-related death in Nebraska is overturned tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Employing anyone uncertified under age 16 is a liability risk for farmers if those children operate such equipment.

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Figure 1. Aaron Yoder uses an ATV simulator at the National FFA Convention to provide safety training. Yoder will be one of the course instructors for the Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Course.
Figure 1. Aaron Yoder uses an ATV simulator at the National FFA Convention to provide safety training. Yoder and other instructors will use the simulator in Nebraska this summer when teaching Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses.

Required Youth Tractor Safety Training at 12 Sites This Summer

March 9, 2018
This summer Nebraska Extension will be offering Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses for 14- and 15-year-olds who will be working on a farm other than their family's.

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Youth Tractor Safety Courses set for May-June

March 16, 2016

Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June.  Any 14 or 15-year-old teen who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents’ should plan to attend.

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