FFA students interested in testing their tractor driving skills at Empire Farm Days may pre-register or walk-up for the contest at the Northeast's largest agricultural trade show. Empire Farm Days runs August 7-9, 2012 at Empire Farm Days at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. The contest for FFA students in good standing will be held Thursday, August 9 with registration at 9 am; competition commencing at 9:30 am.
Pre-registration for the contest is appreciated and can be emailed to contest co-coordinator Jon Clayson at JClayson@pioneercsd.org
Students may also register by walk-up at the contest area on the showgrounds' east side. Entrants must wear their FFA t-shirt.
"This competition helps students test how well they have learned safe tractor operation and driving skills. A strong performance at the Empire Farm Days event is something they can add to their resumes in pursuit of an agricultural career," Clayson says.
Preparing for the annual competition teaches students the importance of learning and using safe farm equipment operating skills. Students must complete a written safety exam, a parts identification task, and driving courses with a tractor, 2- wheel wagon and 4-wheel wagon. The winner will compete at the Eastern Exposition in Springfield, MA in September.
Contest sponsors include John Deere, Kubota, H&S Farm Equipment, New Holland Case International, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Larry Romance and Son; and Lamb and Webster.
The 300-acre Empire Farms Days includes GPS-equipped and compact tractor, ATV and Heavy Duty RAM Truck test drives; DairyProfit and Equine Center seminars; live animals; farm safety and family life displays; and 600-plus representatives of agricultural institutions and organizations.
Melanie Wickham, 877-697-7837, firstname.lastname@example.org
; Jon Clayson, cell: 315-767-6387