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 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.