The Daily Item
HARRISBURG — Teens and safety rarely go hand in hand, but a group of Pennsylvania’s youth is proving that safety is an important part of rural work and life. Eight teams of FFA and 4-H students from throughout the commonwealth displayed a wealth of knowledge during the Pennsylvania State University Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, held at the 2013 PA Farm Show on Jan. 9.
The quiz bowl is designed to motivate youth to increase their awareness and knowledge of agricultural safety and health issues. During the competition, students are asked a sampling of more than 1,000 questions. Categories include machinery, equipment and tools, occupational health, environmental hazards, pesticides and other chemicals, confined spaces, farm shops, special populations, and animals and livestock management.
Four teams each from 4-H and FFA competed in the Quiz Bowl State Finals at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show. The teams were winners from the semi-final contest held during Penn State’s 2012 Agricultural Progress Days. The Agricultural Safety and Health Program at Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture manage the quiz bowl. Westfield Insurance, CNH North America, Inc., AgChoice Farm Credit, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit and Farm Family Insurance Company sponsored the safety quiz event. Awards include a team certificate and prize money of $650 for first place; $550 for second place, $450 for third place, and $350 for fourth place.
Winners of the 4-H Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl were: first place, Cumberland County 4-H Team A; second place, Union County 4-H; third place, Snyder County 4-H; and fourth place, Cumberland County 4-H Team B.
Winners of the FFA Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl were: first place, Mifflinburg FFA; second place, Cumberland Valley FFA; third place, Midd-West FFA; and fourth place, Chambersburg SHS FFA.