June 02, 2020
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Tractor safety class offered in Waldo County starting April 22

Community Author: Richard Kersbergen
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Farming is a hazardous occupation, with many serious and fatal accidents occurring every year. Learning how to operate farm equipment in a safe manner is key to preventing these often fatal or lifetime disabling accidents.

A class on safe tractor operation will be offered to youth and adults 5-7 p.m. Mondays beginning April 22, at Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox for five weeks.

Participants will learn how to handle tractors and equipment safely, how to identify hazards, and how to minimize the chances of accidents. The course is open to all adults and youth interested, but priority will be given to youth ages 14 to 16. This course is required for 14- and 15-year-olds who plan to operate farm equipment for hire on farms other than their own. A Federal Certificate of Training will be issued at the completion of the course after successful completion of the written test and driving course. The final exam will be on May 20.

The fee for the class is $20 and includes a manual. Registration is available online at https://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/programs/tractor-safety-course/

If you have questions, call Rick Kersbergen at 207-342-5971 or email at Richard.kersbergen@maine.edu

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.