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Farm Tractor Safety Course - Kennebec County

2014 4-H Farm Tractor Safety Course

teen on tractroMondays, beginning March 31, 2014 — April 28
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Kramer Tractor, Sidney, Maine

Cost per student: $20.00


Register online or call Diana Hartley at 207.622.7546

The Kennebec Office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Kennebec County Farm Bureau, and Kramer Tractor will be sponsoring a 4-H Tractor Safety Course beginning March 31, 2014 at Kramer Tractor, Sidney from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Class sessions will continue each succeeding Monday on April 7, 14 and 21, followed by a written exam and tractor driving course on April 28th. The 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 14 to 16 years of age. 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 and with attendance requirements met.  Instructors for this year’s course include Jeff Bragg of Sidney, Neal Caverly of Clinton, Cliff Kramer, Kramer Tractor,  and Karen Hatch Gagne, Extension Educator, Kennebec County Extension (4-H).  Anyone wishing to gain tractor safety knowledge and skills to operate a tractor and implement safely is encouraged to attend.

This course is offered once a year and youth who need a Federal Certificate of Training should plan to attend. There is a registration fee of $20 (covers books, snacks, and participant materials).  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For further information or to receive a registration form contact Karen Hatch Gagne, Extension Educator, or Diana Hartley at Kennebec County Extension Office, Augusta by calling 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 or by sending an email to or

Course Manual: Participants will use a tractor safety manual published by Pennsylvania State University.

Sponsored by: University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Kramer Tractor, Sidney; and the Maine Farm Bureau (Kennebec County Chapter).

Location for All Sessions:  Kramer Tractor, Sidney, ME.

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Instructors: Karen Hatch Gagne, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Cliff Kramer,  Kramer Tractor, Sidney; Jeff Bragg, Farmer, Sidney; Neil Caverly, Farmer, Clinton

Course Schedule

Session #1

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, March, 31, 2014– Kramer Tractor, Sidney
  • Registration and introduction to the course
  • Requirements of the course
    • All assignments must be completed and submitted
    • Successfully pass the final written exam
    • Successfully complete the tractor hook up and driving exams

Read the following task sheets before Session 1:

1.1 The Work Environment
1.2 Safety & Health Regulations
1.2.1 Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture
2.1 Injuries Involving Youth
2.4 Age-Appropriate Tasks
2.7 Personal Dress
2.8 Hazard Warning Signs
2.9 Hand Signals
2.10 Personal Protective Equipment
2.11 First Aid and Rescue
4.1 Agricultural Tractors
4.2 Tractor Hazards
4.3 NAGCAT Tractor Operation Chart
5.1 Connecting Implements to the Tractor

Session #2

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014

  • safety check of farm equipment exercise
  • tractor controls and parts identification exercise

Read the following task sheets before Session 2:

4.4 Tractor Instrument Panel
4.5 Tractor Controls
4.5.1 Engine Stop Controls
4.5.2 Ground Motion Controls
4.5.3 Power Engagement Controls
4.5.4 Position and Adjusting Controls
4.5.5 Location and Movement of Tractor Controls
4.5.6 Tractor Operation Symbols
4.6 Preventative Maintenance and Pre-operational Check
4.6.1 Fuel, Oil and Coolant Levels

Session #3

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014

Read the following task sheets before Session 3:

3.1 Mechanic Hazards
3.4 Working with Livestock
3.5 Agricultural Pesticides
3.6 Electrical Hazards
3.8 Confined Spaces
3.9 Silos
3.10 Grain Bins
3.11 Manure Storage
3.12 Anhydrous Ammonia
3.13 Farmstead Chemicals
4.7 Starting and Stopping Diesel and Gasoline Tractors
4.8 Mounting and Starting the Tractor
4.9 Stopping and Dismounting the Tractor
4.10 Moving and Steering the Tractor
4.11 Operating the Tractor in Reverse

Session #4

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Practice driving
  • Safety Video
  • Review for final exam

Read the following task sheets before Session 4:

4.12 Tractor Stability
4.13 Using the Tractor Safely
4.14 Operating the Tractor on Public Roads
4.14.1 Lighting and Marking
5.1 Connecting Implements to the Tractor
5.2 Using Drawbar Implements
5.3 Using Three-Point Hitch Implements
5.4 Making Power Take Off (PTO) Connections
5.4.1 Using Power Take Off (PTO) Implements
5.5 Using Implements with Hydraulic Components
5.6 Using Implements with Electrical Components

Session #5

5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2014

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