The 4-H Tractor Project is a statewide program. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at: Extension Publications (For the Tractor Certification Manual click on this link). For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Tractor.

Tractors 1
What you can do in this project: learn and identify parts of the tractor; understand the basics of tractor maintenance; learn about different fuels and engine cooling systems; research different safety features and learn safety rules.
Grades: 3-4 (little or no experience)
Resource: 4H961, Starting Up: Getting to Know Your Tractor

Tractors 2
What you can do in this project: practice farm and tractor safety; understand the mechanics of engines; identify accessory equipment; learn the functions of different operational systems.
Grades: 5-6 (little or no experience)
Resource: 4H962, Tractor Operations: Gearing Up for Safety

Tractors 3
What you can do in this project: learn types of oil systems and fuel safety; learn how to hook on a PTO unit; learn tractor and machinery maintenance.
Grades: 7-9 (some prior experience)
Resource: 4H963, Moving Out: Learning About Your Tractor & Farm Machinery

Tractors 4
What you can do in this project: focus on safety and maintenance; identify and work with operational systems.
Grades: 10-12 (some prior experience)
Resource: 4H964, Learning More: Learning About Agricultural Tractors & Equipment

Tractors Leader
Resources: CIR018, Tractor Operators Contest Guidelines
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Tractors? Try the links below.

National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Events
Site for national 4-H contests and educational seminars including tractor.

Tractors Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including tractors. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Tractors Project. Just follow these links!

Agricultural Safety and Health
Clearinghouse of information from the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
Promotes a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to children and youth.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Safe Operation of Tractor and Machinery Certification Program
UW Center for Ag Safety and Health site with information on youth certification. State certificates can be issued to youth under the age of 14 and meet the requirements of WI Act 455. Youth must be age 14 or older to receive a federal certificate.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Tractors Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several videos on farm and tractor safety.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.