Ag Progress Days to feature farm safety, health presentations

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, can learn about tractor overturn hazards and how to reduce the risks of tractor overturns.

Aimed at both youth and adults, 20-minute safety demonstrations will take place on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, farm accident rescue simulations involving agricultural equipment -- including demonstration of emergency scene stabilization and patient-extrication techniques -- will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Attendees can get information about several types of farm safety programs and agricultural emergency response resources from on-site specialists all three days.

Also on Wednesday, the Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl will be held in the Farm Family Learning Building Center, located off of Main Street just below the Pasto Museum. 4-H youth compete at 9:30 a.m. and FFA youth compete at 1 p.m.

"Youth will answer farm safety and health questions in this semifinal quiz bowl event," said Dennis Murphy, Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health. "The winning teams will advance to the state finals in January at the Pennsylvania Farm Show."

Visitors to the Rural Health and Safety Tent, at the end of West Sixth Street adjacent to the farm safety area, will be able to take advantage of a variety of health screenings and information. Free vision screenings and blood pressure readings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. On Wednesday only, starting at 10 a.m., free tetanus shots will be given while supplies last. And visitors can learn about AgrAbility services.

One core pesticide credit can be earned by attending a 30-minute presentation about personal protective equipment, which will be conducted by a rural health farm worker protection safety specialist, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 13; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days website. Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #agprogress, and Facebook users can find the event here.

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Last Updated July 11, 2014