SDSU Extension will host Hazardous Occupation Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) training on May 31 and June 1, 2017 at the Davison County Fairgrounds in Mitchell.
The US Department of Labor Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture regulation prohibits 14-15 year olds from operating farm tractors and attached powered equipment unless the youth has successfully completed an approved safe tractor and machinery operation training program. 12-13 year olds cannot take the driving portion of HOSTA, but are welcome to participate in the classroom portion. 16-18 year olds are not required to complete the driving portion, but are welcome for the training.
The first day will include demonstrations safety in agriculture, including tractor, PTO's, electrical, and working with pesticides, as well as a written test. The second day will focus on the driving requirements, and will also include a test. Completion of all of the above with passing scores is required to receive the USDOL Certificate of Completion.
Current 4-H Members: please double check that all your information has been updated online, especially emergency contact and medical information.
Cost of registration is $60, which includes training and a manual. The deadline to register is May 23, 2017. For more information about this event, contact John Keimig, SDSU Extension 4-H Associate.