Business honored for teaching safe tractor operation

University of Maine Extension professor Rick Kersbergen (third from left) recognizes Rodney Ingraham (second from left) of Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox for more than 20 years of volunteering his business to help teach safe tractor operation. Looking on are Holly Whitcomb and Zach Nickerson, students in the tractor safety class.
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University of Maine Extension professor Rick Kersbergen (third from left) recognizes Rodney Ingraham (second from left) of Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox for more than 20 years of volunteering his business to help teach safe tractor operation. Looking on are Holly Whitcomb and Zach Nickerson, students in the tractor safety class.
Posted May 20, 2011, at 10:13 p.m.

KNOX — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension recently recognized Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox for more than 20 years of commitment to safe tractor operation.

Each year in the United States, more than 100 children are killed in farm- and tractor-related deaths. The Cooperative Extension has provided tractor safety education for youth in collaboration with Ingraham’s Equipment to try to prevent such accidents in Maine.

“Ingraham’s Equipment has been a great host site” said Rick Kersbergen, a Cooperative Extension professor who teaches the class. “Rodney has provided both a location and the tractors and implements for the students to use. This has been an invaluable resource to the students.”

The course is designed for students age 14 to 16 to earn federal certification to operate farm equipment as part of employment on a farm. Recently,18 students took the final exam which consisted of both a driving test and a written test.

For more information about safe tractor operation, call the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 800-287-1426.

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