Youth Tractor Safety Training Offered at VTC in May, Land O’Lakes, Inc. Acquires Vermont Creamery: This Week’s Industry News

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Youth Tractor Safety Training Offered at VTC in May
A tractor safety certification course will be offered this May for teens who are required to have a National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program certificate in order to legally operate tractors and other machinery on a farm other than their own family farm. Although certification is only required for 14- and 15-year-olds, older teens employed on farms also will benefit from the training offered through University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H in partnership with Vermont Technical College’s (VTC) Agriculture Institute. Course dates are May 6 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with written and driving tests scheduled for June 10. All training will take place at the VTC dairy farm in Randolph Center. The fee is $65. Financial assistance is available. Space is limited to the first 15 paid registrants. Registrations will be accepted until April 18 or the course is full. Teens from neighboring states are welcome to participate.

Farmer-Owned Co-op Land O’Lakes, Inc. Acquires Vermont Creamery
Vermont Creamery Co-Founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski announced that their businesses have joined forces. Vermont Creamery will become an independently operated subsidiary of Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes. It will continue to produce its award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter and fresh dairy at the creamery in Websterville, Vermont.