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The NYS FFA Tractor Driving Safety Contest at
Empire Farm Days; photo: Nick Wickham
Seneca Falls, NY.  FFA students interested in entering the New York State FFA Tractor Driving Safety Contest at the 2015 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, may pre-register by June 29. The competition will be held Thursday, August 13 as part of the Northeast’s largest outdoor agricultural trade show.

Students complete a written safety exam, a parts identification task, and driving courses with 2-wheel and 4-wheel wagons. 


The Junior division is open to 14-16 year olds; the 16-18-year-old Senior division winner will compete at the Big E Exposition in Springfield, MA, in September.

“This annual competition at Empire Farm Days encourages students to learn proper tractor operation and to make safety on the farm a priority,” says New York State FFA Tractor Driving Safety Contest Coordinator Jon Clayson.

To pre-register, contestants may submit their name and age division by June 29, 2015 to JClayson@pioneercsd.org. Walk-up registrations will be accepted the day of the contest.

Contest sponsors include John Deere, Kubota, H&S Farm Equipment, New Holland Case International, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Massey Ferguson, Java Farm Supply, Lamb and Webster, American Equipment and Kioti.

The 300-acre Empire Farm Days features 600-plus representatives of agricultural interests; farm equipment demonstrations and displays; test driving opportunities; Dairy Profit, Equine Center, Soil Health Center and crops seminars; live animal demonstrations; farm life displays; and more. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Learn more at www.empirefarmdays.com.
 
The New York State FFA/4-H Tractor Safety Contest winners at the 2014 Empire Farm Days were:
. 14-16-year-old Junior Division: Connor Westfall, Cazenovia Central School, Cazenovia, NY
. 16-18-year-old Senior Division: Tylor Trumbul, Jasper-Troupsburg Central School, Jasper, NY
. 4-H Division: Matt Andrews, Wyoming County.


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