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Tractor Operation, Safety & Maintenance

October 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - October 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Photo: Rodale Institute

This two-day class is designed to educate and empower current or future users of agricultural tractors and farm equipment.

While it caters to aspiring and beginning farmers, it has also proven valuable to seasoned professionals—some of whom were never formally schooled on tractors.

During the class, we’ll demystify tractors and help you understand how tractors are designed to work; how to operate them safely and effectively; and how to perform regular maintenance tasks. We’ll cover a substantial amount of material in a classroom setting, on and around a tractor, and “in the workshop.”

You’ll leave this class with a much greater appreciation for safe tractor use and machinery care, along with new knowledge and resources.

Because of the fast pace of the class, the substantial volume of material covered, and the hands-on components, this class is intended for a small group. Space is very limited, so register early!

Speaker information

Shane LaBrake has been involved in farming since his childhood. He developed the framework for this class for farming apprentices he had been training between 1996 and 2006. Since then, he has taught variations on this class over 100 times in several states, and for organizations such as the Women’s Agricultural Network, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, and PASA.

Additional information

  • Registration for this event includes lunch.
  • This event qualifies for four SmartStart credits through AgChoice Farm Credit. SmartStart allows young and beginning farmers to earn credits toward a reduced interest rate on a new AgChoice loan by attending educational events.


Take a look at our frequently asked questions about our workshops and events. Otherwise, please contact this event’s coordinator, Aaron de Long, by email at or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x709.


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Date: Mon, October 14, 2019 Tue, October 15, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Rodale Institute
611 Siegfriedale Rd.
Kutztown, PA 19530

Cost: Member | $130 Non-member | $150

Event Category: PASA Events