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HARRISBURG - 4-H and FFA students from throughout the commonwealth displayed a wealth of knowledge during the Pennsylvania State University Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, held during the 2012 Farm Show on Wednesday, Jan. 11.  Eight teams of 4-H and FFA members competed in the event.

In a close FFA match-up, Mifflinburg beat-out Somerset for first, Conococheague placed third and Cumberland Valley placed forth in the competition. In the 4-H competition, Union County 4-H came out on top, Cumberland County second, Snyder County, third and Potter County fourth.  All 4-H and FFA teams and coaches were presented with certificates of participation.

The quiz bowl is designed to motivate youth to increase their awareness and knowledge of agricultural safety and health issues. During the competition, students are asked a sampling of more than 1,000 questions. Categories include: machinery; equipment and tools; occupational health; environmental hazards; pesticides and other chemicals; confined spaces; farm shops; special populations; and animals and livestock management.

Sponsors of the 2012 Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl were: Pennsylvania State University, Case New Holland North America, Westfield Group Agribusiness Insurance, AgChoice Farm Credit, and Farm Family Insurance Company.

FFA Chapters:
1st - Mifflinburg Area FFA, Union Co., Lindsay Spurrier, Advisor
2nd - Somerset FFA, Somerset Co., Dan Overdorff, Advisor
3rd - Conococheague FFA, Franklin Co., Herb Hoffeditz, Advisor
4th - Cumberland Valley FFA, Cumberland Co., Michael Woods, Advisor

4-H Clubs:
1st - Union County 4-H, Lindsay Spurrier Coach
2nd - Cumberland County 4-H, Kris Speers and Dwane Duncan Coaches
3rd - Snyder County 4-H, Marissa Ewing and Matt Hauck Coaches
4th - Potter County 4-H, Amy Murphy Coach

The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.


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