Youth Safety

Farming offers a unique opportunity for children and adolescents to learn the value of hard work, how to handle responsibilities, and how to set priorities. Traditionally, farming has been a family affair in which parents, grandparents, and older siblings help children to develop a sense of pride, a feeling of belonging, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But there are risks involved in farm labor.

The SAY Project has developed a National Clearinghouse that shows the alignment of agricultural safety and health curriculum and educational resources to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards used by agricultural educators.

The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) is a project of Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) for youth ages 14 and 15.

Teams representing 4-H and FFA groups compete in a quiz show format to demonstrate their knowledge about farm safety and health hazards and recommended practices.