Local FFA teams plan Quiz Bowl competition

Posted August 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

The FFA team from Wolsey-Wessington High School will compete Aug. 20 at the Dakotafest Farm Show for the title of Team Up to Safety Quiz Bowl champion.

South Dakota Farmers Union’s annual quiz bowl will feature the four-person teams in a Jeopardy-style competition where the students will answer questions related to health and safety on the farm or ranch.

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Members of the Wolsey-Wessington FFA team are, from left, John Hamilton, Hunter Johnson, Ryne Johnson and Brandon Bergquist.

The quiz bowl finals will begin at 2:30 p.m. under the South Dakota State University tent in the northwest corner of the Dakotafest grounds in Mitchell.

Wolsey-Wessington will join teams from Brookings, Clark and Lyman high schools in the finals.

A total of 18 teams competed in the quiz bowl semifinals this past April in Brookings during the FFA state convention. The top four scoring teams moved on to compete in the finals. Agriculture often is listed among the most dangerous occupations in America, and this quiz bowl helps young people learn strategies to stay safe while working in agriculture.

“The quiz bowl is a fun way for high school students to learn about safety on the farm or ranch,” said South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke. “We hope with the information they 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.”

Because of the large machinery they work with, along with chemical hazards, unpredictable livestock and enclosed spaces like grain bins that hold thousands of pounds of grain, farm workers face many risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 million youth under the age of 20 live on farms in the U.S. Over half of them do farm-related work.

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