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Tractor Safety Course 

Sponsored by: University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Hall Implement, Windham; Wescott & Sons, Gorham; Chad Little Outdoor Power, Brunswick; Beauregard Equipment Inc., Scarborough; Tractor Supply Company, Scarborough; Hammond Tractor Co., Auburn; and the Maine Farm Bureau (Cumberland County Chapter).

Farm work can be dangerous, but a University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor safety course will help reduce risks to Maine farmers and farm workers. Participants will learn how to handle tractors and equipment safely, how to avoid hazards, and how to minimize the chances of accidents.

Date: Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
Time: 6pm-8pm.
Location: (For most sessions) Maine Forest Service, Route 26 (Shaker Road) in Gray and Hall Implement, Rotary of Rt. 302 and 202 in Windham.
Syllabus: 2017 Tractor Safety Syllabus (PDF)
Course Manual: Tractor Safety Manual published by Pennsylvania State University.
Fee: $15/youth under 18 or $25/ for adults (Participants must be 14 years of age by May 23rd, 2017.)
Registration: Online


Introduction to Farm Equipment: Safety, Operation, and Basic Maintenance (Collaboration with MOFGA)

Join farmer Seth Kroeck, MOFGA staff memebers, and UMaine Extension Professional Jason Lilley for an introduction to basic farm equipment anatomy, safe operation, and maintenance. We’ll cover tractor operation and safety; attaching, adjusting, and operating farm implements; and basic preventative lubrication and maintenance.

Date: May 24th
Time: 5pm
Location: Crystal Springs Farm, Brunswick, ME.
Fee: FREE
RSVP: Email extension.rlreception@maine.edu (RSVP required to attend)


Irrigation and Drought Management 

Join John and Ramona Snell of Snell Family Farm and Trevor Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm to discuss methods and tools for developing an irrigation system that will get your crop through the dry times.

Date: June 12th
Time: 5pm
Location: Snell Family Farm, 1000 River Rd, Buxton, ME.
Fee: FREE
RSVP: Email extension.rlreception@maine.edu (RSVP required to attend)


 Weed Management (Collaboration with MOFGA)

Weed control is a primary challenge in organic farming systems. This workshop will offer ecological and cultural approaches to weed management with UMaine Extension Professional Jason Lilley, University of Maine Professor Eric Gallandt, and farmer expertise from Carl Goranson. Potluck to follow.

Date: June 27th
Time: 5pm
Location: Goranson Farm, 250 River Rd, Dresden, ME.
Fee: FREE
RSVP: Email extension.rlreception@maine.edu (RSVP required to attend)


 No-Till Vegetable Production

Cultivation is hard on your soils. Join Bill Spiller of Spiller Farm, and Jason Lilley and Mark Hutton of UMaine Extension, will discuss benefits and drawback to no-till management for your vegetable crops. Participants can receive pesticide credits for taking this workshop. 

Date: July 12th
Time: 5pm
Location: Spiller Farm, 85 Spiller Farm Ln, Wells, ME.
Fee: FREE
RSVP: Email extension.rlreception@maine.edu (RSVP required to attend)


 Vegetable IPM Field Tour

Team members from UMaine Extension and Mark Heidman of Maples Springs Farm will be discussing Integrated Pest Management stragtegies. This tour will focus on identification and control of vegetable insects and diseases.

Date: July 25th
Time: 5:00-7:30
Location: Maple Springs, 808 Maple Ridge Rd, Harrison, ME.
Fee: FREE
RSVP: Email extension.rlreception@maine.edu (RSVP required to attend)


Pasture Management and Rotational Grazing

Lisa Webster of North Star Sheep Farm and Rick Kersbergen of UMaine Extension will discuss and demonstrate rotational pasture management strategies for pasture and animal health.

Date: August 9th
Time: 5pm
Location: North Star Sheep Farm, New Gloucester, ME.
Fee: FREE
RSVP: Email extension.rlreception@maine.edu (RSVP required to attend)


Finishing your Livestock

Learn about finishing beef with grain with Mark Cooper of Cooper’s Heritage Farm and UMaine Extension’s new Livestock Specialist Colt Knight.

Date: TBA
Time: TBA 
Location: TBA
Fee: FREE
RSVP: Email extension.rlreception@maine.edu (RSVP required to attend)


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