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The Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) is pleased to announce its second annual Safety Certification Program training session. Scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2016, custom farmers from across the state will gather at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station in Arlington, Wis. for the program offered exclusively by WCO.

Jeff Simon from DOT Safety Plus presented to 50 WCO members on safety checks and maintenance at the 2015 event held in Appleton at Fox Valley Technical College.

The purpose of WCO’s safety certificate program is to train WCO members and their employees in occupational safety and health in order to reduce incident rates. Participants have the opportunity to earn a certificate upon completion and are eligible for insurance discounts.

“We want to add value to our members’ businesses and help them gain a competitive edge in the industry,” says Kathy Vander Kinter, WCO President. “Our first year was a success and we hope to continue to raise the profile of professional custom operators.”

The training on March 18 will consist of the following topic areas:

Injury Prevention and Wellness – Speaker TBA

OSHA Compliance and your Business.- presented by Mary Bauer , compliance assistance specialist from OSHA based in Eau Claire

Operating after a serious accident - presented by WCO member Bryce O’Leary, O’Leary Brothers Chopping Service

How to handle emergencies - presented by Jeff Nelson from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison.

To register go to and click on the “Events” tab. The program is free for WCO members. Non-members are welcome to attend (for a fee). The program runs from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and lunch is free thanks to our sponsor Dave Anderson and Vincent, Urban, Walker & Associates.

WCO is an organization comprised of individuals throughout the state who derive their income in whole or part from providing custom farming services. To learn more about the Wisconsin Custom Operators, Inc. including membership and event registration, go to or