The Ontario County 4-H Tractor and Farm Safety course for 2020 ended with a driving test conducted by Duane Derick at Land Pro Equipment in Hall.
Twenty participants passed the written and driving course: Brecken Smith, of Avoca; Aydan Low, of Avon; Sean Rubenstien and Wyatt Wadams, of Bloomfield; Ben Lincoln and Shelby Miller, of Canandaigua; Karen Heffron, of Clifton Springs; Owen Woodhouse, of Farmington; Zack Shaffer, of Lyons; Eddie Snyder Jr., of Middlesex; Olivia Tyler and Nathan Wonder, of Newark; Ryan Downey Jr., Izzy Raes and Kyle Sheffield, of Phelps; Chandler Church and Adele Vaughan, of Stanley; Tyler Fromm, of Walworth; and Cole Campbell and Jack Wieser, of Williamson.
The eight-week course started with an interactive presentation by James Carrabba, an agricultural safety specialist with the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health out of Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown.
Equipment safety, including PTO safety, was held at Monroe Tractor with Bob Linehan and Chris Stewart. Store manager Steve Knopf demonstrated the latest technology available on the new equipment for farmers.
Mike Lincoln and John Zablinski discussed electrical safety, tractor safety and personal protection equipment, all topics covered in the course handbook. The course included videos depicting real-life situations as teaching tools.
Casey Kunes, of Hemdale Farms, and Kaitlyn Lutz from the Keseca Veterinary Clinic covered the importance of safety around large animals. Students toured the barns and robotic milking viewing area at Hemdale.
Chris Drake, assistant fire chief of the Bristol Valley Fire Department, talked to the group about when to contact 911 with a farm or highway emergency, and the rope and rescue crew under Eric Dey’s direction demonstrated new grain bin rescue equipment.
A practice driving session was held at American Equipment with Steve De Rycke. Dan Cerneskie, Matt Sproul and other EMTs from the Canandaigua Emergency Squad presented “Stop the Bleed.”
Youth ages 14-15 who complete this program are certified to be employed on farms not owned by immediate family members. This year’s youth are anticipating jobs on dairy, beef, horse, maple sugar and vegetable farms. Call 585-394-3977 for information.