Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beginning Farmer Workshop - Farm Tractors 101

If you're new to farming and are thinking you need a tractor but aren't sure which one to buy for the needs you will have on your farm, then register for the Beginning Farmer Workshop - Farm Tractors 101.  The workshop will be held at the Jefferson Farm, 4800 New Haven Road, Columbia (one mile east of Hwy. 63 on New Haven Road).

The workshop be offered on Wednesday evening, July 14, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm; if the first session fills up a second session will be offered Thursday morning, July 15, from 8:30 to 10:00 am.

Dr. Rob Myers, agronomist and director of programs with the Jefferson Institute will lead the program.  Sessions will include time spent actually driving and operating tractors.

Curriculum being covered

- selecting a tractor appropriate to your farm
- tractor transmissions and shifting

- using a tractor PTO with implements

- using tractor hydraulics

- tractor safety

- using tractors with farm implements

- brief overview of other farm equipment

- practice time driving and operating one of the tractors at the farm

To register, call Lorin Chann at the Jefferson Institute at 573-449-3518 or email

Registration limited to 25 participants to allow hands-on learning. The cost of registration is $20 in advance or $30 at the door, but advance registration requested.

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