FFA thinks hard about safety in Quiz Bowl
April 16. 2014 6:00AM
The Dell Rapids High School FFA chapter from Dell Rapids High School participated in the fifth annual Team up for Safety Quiz Bowl April 7 in Brookings.
Sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union, the quiz bowl was held in conjunction with the South Dakota State FFA convention, held on the campus of South Dakota State University.
“The quiz bowl is a fun way for high school students to learn about safety on the farm or ranch,” said Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union president, of the Jeopardy-style competition that asks FFA members questions on farm and ranch safety.
“We hope with the information they’ll learn at the quiz bowl, they’ll be prepared if they’re ever faced with an emergency situation or if they’re working with livestock or doing any other potentially dangerous job on the farm,” Sombke said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 million youth younger than 20 years old live on farms in the U.S. More than half of them do farm-related work. Sombke said agriculture often is listed among the most dangerous occupations in America. Because of the large machinery they work with, along with chemical hazards, unpredictable livestock and enclosed spaces such as grain bins that hold thousands of pounds of grain, farm workers face many risks.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that in 2010, the injury rate for agricultural workers was more than 20 percent higher than the rate for all workers. The department reported in 2009 alone that 440 farm workers died from work-related injuries.
“The risks are real, especially for young people on the farm or ranch,” Sombke said. “Part of Farmers Union’s mission is to educate young people about agriculture, and farm safety is very important part of that.”
The teams who competed in the quiz bowl included FFA Chapters from Tri-Valley, Lyman, Alcester/Hudson, Centerville, Clark, Parker, Lennox, Deuel, McCook Central, Marion, Wolsey-Wessington, Platte-Geddes, Hoven, Winner, Dell Rapids, Howard, Viborg-Hurley and Rutland.