Tractor and farm safety classes in Maine

With spring’s arrival, University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering farm and tractor safety classes in cooperation with equipment dealers throughout the state.

Originally designed for teenagers to learn how to operate farm equipment as part of their employment, the program now includes instruction for beginning farmers and new tractor owners who want to learn how to safely operate equipment.

While farm equipment has become safer over the years, knowing how to operate and maintain tractors and implements is critical in helping to avoid accidents, which are numerous and can be fatal.

Often farms use older equipment without many of today’s safety features, making safe operation essential to protecting employees and family members.

More information, including class locations, is available online or by calling 342.5971.