Student wins tractor safety contest
Weyauwega-Fremont FFA member recognized
Jesse La Mie, a member of the Weyauwega-Fremont FFA, was the 2015 winner of the FFA Section 8 Safe Tractor Operator Contest this summer.
The contest was held at Oconto Falls High School and included FFA members from throughout the section.
La Mie now advances to the State FFA Tractor Driving Contest, which is being held this month at Farm Progress Days in Dane County.
Contestants must be at least 14 and have completed the tractor certification course or be 16 and have completed at least one year of agricultural education and be enrolled in classes the current calendar year of the contest.
The Safe Tractor Operator Contest involves four major parts: a written exam, practical exam, two-wheel driving event and four-wheel driving event.
In addition, contestants are scored on safety anytime they are operating the tractor during the contest.
The contestants take a 50-question written exam, in which they are asked anything from tractor safety to maintenance.
The practical exam consists of the inspection of a tractor for maintenance and safety items.
The two-wheel and four-wheel events involve driving courses, each with a five-minute time limit while demonstrating safety and skillful driving.
The purpose of the contest is to promote and encourage safe and skillful farm tractor operation, in addition to providing members an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of tractor maintenance and safety.