Teachers, Mike Bilow from Elbert County has found a Tractor and Machinery Safety program sponsored by Penn State University. This program may be of interest to those of you who are teaching a unit on Tractor Operation and Maintenance and/or participating in the Tractor and Machinery Operation and Maintenance CDE. Thanks to Mike Bilow for sharing this information.

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On Aug 18, 2015 11:14 AM, "Mike Bilow" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
I finally found a program that is already in place to teach Tractor and Machinery safety.  It is sponsored by Penn State University.  Teachers (Ag Teachers and Extension Agents) have to certified to teach and certify their students, which looks pretty easy - not an afternoon worth of work, but not a college semester either.

I have started the process along with our Extension agent, and we will be teaching it to my 9th grade students.  The added benefit here is that the students will get an accredited (recognized) certification from somebody besides just 'me' - actually from National safe Tractor and Machinery Operations Program, which is also recognized by the U.S. DOL and OSHA.

More info:

Michael L. Bilow
Agricultural Education Teacher/
FFA Advisor
Elbert County High School
706-213-4100<tel:706-213-4100> (o)
706-318-3078<tel:706-318-3078> (c)
706-283-1183<tel:706-283-1183> (f)

Sidney Bell
Area Agricultural Mechanics Teacher
North Region Agricultural Education
209 Four Towers
University of Georgia
Athens, Ga. 30602
Office: (706) 552 - 4464
Cell: (706) 612 - 4789
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