UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 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.
Increasing awareness of farm safety and health hazards and practices is the goal of the Pennsylvania Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl for high school teams participating in FFA chapters.
Teams from the Conococheague, Midd-West, Mifflinburg and Selinsgrove FFA chapters competed in the Quiz Bowl State Finals at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
The teams were winners from the semifinal contest held during Penn State's 2008 Agricultural Progress Days.
The Agricultural Safety and Health Program at Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture manage the quiz bowl. Westfield Agribusiness Insurance Group, CNH North America Inc., AgChoice Farm Credit and Farm Family Insurance Co. sponsored the safety quiz event. Awards include a team certificate, a messenger bag and prize money of $650 for first place; $550 for second place, $450 for third place and $350 for fourth place.