GRAY – 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. The course will be held on five consecutive Tuesday evenings starting April 19 in the Gray Public Safety Building, Route 26.

The revised course has a new manual. Participants’ driving skills and knowledge will be tested using a national test developed by Penn State University.

“Many of the accidents on farms involve tractors and farm machinery,” said Richard Brzozowski, Cumberland County Extension office. “Every farm worker needs to develop good skills and a good safety attitude. This course helps them do just that.”

Individuals will receive practical training in the classroom, in the shop and on tractors. Participants should be at least age 13 to receive credit for the certified course.

More information is available from the Extension Office in Cumberland County at 1-800-287-1471. Registration is required, and space is limited to 20 participants.

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