Keeping Farms and Farmers Safe

Posted: August 23, 2011


Rock Springs, PA.  What teenager would possibly know the answers to such diverse questions as “How do you decontaminate soil saturated with a hazardous chemical?” “How quickly can a person be killed in a tractor rear overturn?” and “What is the potential room temperature at eye level during a fire?”  4-H contestants in the Pennsylvania Agricultural Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, that’s who. The event is held each year in August at Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs and at the following Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA. 

Teams representing 4-H clubs compete in a quiz show format to demonstrate their knowledge about farm safety and health hazards and recommended practices.  Teams have to study a range of resources such as the National Safe Tractor & Machinery Operation Program Task Sheets, National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD) Website, Pesticide Education Manual, and Penn State Agricultural Safety Fact Sheets. Participants not only learn about farm safety and health, they also increase their leadership and public speaking skills and learn how to promote agricultural safety and health through their organizations.

4-H clubs fielded six teams and competed in a semi-final competition at Ag Progress Days this year. The top four teams will compete during the 4-H Quiz Bowl State Finals at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. All team members and clubs received an umbrella, a certificate, and monetary prizes ranging from $200.00 to $150.00.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Safety and Health Quiz Bowl is administered by the Penn State University Agricultural Safety and Health Program and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Division of Health and Safety.  Current financial supporters include:

— Westfield Insurance

— CNH America LLC

— Farm Family Insurance Company

— AgChoice Farm Credit

— US Department of Labor--Wage & Hour Division

Results from the 4-H Semi-Finals:

Teams Advancing to State Finals:  Potter County 4-H, Cumberland County 4-H, Snyder County 4-H, Union County 4-H

Teams Not Advancing: Clearfield County 4-H Team A, Clearfield County 4-H Team B