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4-H Tractor Safety Course at Hammond Tractor in Fairfield

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 April 1, 2013 at Hammond Tractor in Fairfield from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Class sessions will continue each succeeding Monday on April 8, 15 and 22, followed by a written exam and tractor driving course on April 29th. 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 end 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, Dave Ponsant, Service Manager, Hammond Tractor in Fairfield 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 safety 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 $20.00 (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 the Kennebec County Extension Office, Augusta by calling 207-622-7546 or 1-800-287-1481 or by sending an email to: karen.h.gagne@maine.edu or diana.hartley@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207-622-7546 or 1-800-287-1481 (or TTY line 1-800-287-8957) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

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