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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Agricultural Safety and Health

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  • Allow youth to explore the topics related to agromedicine, farm safety, and health
  • Give participants a greater understanding of the connection between mental/physical health and agricultural work.
  • Provide youth the opportunity to learn about new agriculture health and safety practices
  • Develop leadership abilities and build oral and visual communication skills through telling others what was learned about current agriculture safety and health trends and issues


Individuals or teams may compete. Each county may enter up to two participants in each age division.

  • 8-10 – 4-H’er must be 8 years old before January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old before January 1 of the current year and not have reached their thirteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age before January 1 of the current year and not reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year. Eligibility: Individuals or teams may compete.

Presentation Ideas

Any topic related to the health and safety of farmers, fishers, foresters, and any other agriculture workers. Use the following list of ideas to help find a topic that interests you. This list is not exhaustive, and participants are encouraged to develop topics relevant to their community and personal interests.

Sample Topics Related to Agriculture Safety and Health

  • Tractor Rollover Protection Systems (ROPS)
  • How to Build Safe Play Areas on Farms
  • First Aid for Pesticide Exposure
  • Best Steps for Hazard Mapping
  • Grain Bin Safety and Rescue
  • Managing Farm Stress
  • Mental Health in Agriculture
  • Safe Farm Tasks for Children
  • Working Youth in Agriculture
  • Mobile Healthcare for Fishermen
  • Logging Hazards
  • Field Hygiene and Hand-washing
  • History of the NC Agromedicine Institute
  • Farmer’s Lung Health Condition
  • Respirator Fit-Testing
  • Cold/Heat-Related Illness
  • Safe Handling of Livestock
  • Zoonotic Disease
  • Health Benefits of Farm Life
  • PTSD Veteran Farmers
  • Assistive Farm Technology
  • Safety and Agritourism
  • Farming Ergonomics


Other Resources

Rules/Regulations: See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations.

Suggestions/Helpful Hints

  • Pick a topic that is specific and can be covered in 8-12 minutes.
  • Choosing more general topics often results in too much information covered at too fast of a speed.
  • Choose a few key points and center information around them.
  • Speak directly to the audience and avoid reading from a script.
  • Use an outline, posters, and demonstration materials to guide the audience through the presentation.
  • Relax and have fun!

Writing Tips

The presentation should have a distinct format to help the audience follow what you are saying. This format includes an introduction, the body of your speech, and a concluding statement.

  • In the introduction, capture the audience’s attention by sharing a story related to your topic. Also, be sure to introduce yourself and share why the chosen topic is important. It’s also good to include a preview of your main points.
  • The body of the speech will include (2-4) main points and the bulk of your information. Follow the “magic formula” to discuss this information, including point, support, and application.
    • Point: Clearly state the main idea you’re sharing ○
    • Support: Provide facts, stories, personal experience, or other information that supports your main point
    • Application: Relate this information to real-life. How can it be used by people in your community?
  • The conclusion should summarize the information you have shared into a few sentences. In your conclusion, you may want to refer back to the story you shared in your introduction or challenge the audience to action.


  • Judges will review each presentation and complete a judge’s score sheet.
  • Judges will use their own discretion as to whether questions will or will not be asked.
  • The judge’s decisions will be final.