University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer multi-session tractor safety courses in five locations starting April 6.

Courses are designed for adults and youth at least 14 years of age and are required for 14- and 15-year-olds who plan to operate farm equipment for hire on farms other than their own. The Knox-Lincoln counties course scheduled for Union from April 6 to May 2 has been canceled; the Waldo County course — scheduled for April 16 to May 14 in Knox — may still be offered. Visit for complete schedules and to register.

Participants will learn how to safely handle tractors and equipment and how to avoid hazards and minimize chances of accidents. Certification will be issued after successful completion of the course, including written and driving tests.

The fee is $20 per person; registration is required.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, phone Jason Lilley at 781-6099 or email