GRAY — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering farm and tractor safety classes in cooperation with equipment dealers throughout the state.

A local session will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 3 to May 31, at the Maine Forest Service in Gray.

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 operate equipment safely.

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 can be fatal.

Farms often use older equipment without modern safety features, making safe operation essential to protecting employees and family members.

FMI: 207-342-5971,

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