- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is scheduling courses on tractor safety and hazardous occupations at several locations this month, June and July.

Officials say federal law prohibits youths under 16 from working on farms for anyone other than their parents or guardians. Certifications through the courses grant exemptions that let 14- and 15-year-olds drive tractors and to do field work with mechanized equipment.

Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments.

Dates and locations are May 23-24 in Kearney, May 26-27, McCook; June 2-3, Valentine; June 13-14, North Platte; June 16-17, Gering; June 20-21, Wayne; June 23-24, Grand Island; and July 6-7, Gordon.

The cost is $60. Contact Randy Saner at 308-532-2683, Aaron Yoder at 402-552-7240 or Ellen Duysen at 402-552-3394 for more information.

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