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Labor Policy in the 2012 Farm Bill

From PulitzerCenter.org, Kate Furgurson, 25 Feb 2012. After the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to agree upon a framework for the 2012 Farm Bill, farmers, corporations, laborers and consumers alike are anxiously waiting to see how the bill will impact their businesses and their lives. The Farm Bill allocates hundreds of billions of … Continue reading

Cal-OSHA Cites, Fines Company for Farmworker Death

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, Associated Press, 11 Jan 2012. OAKLAND, Calif. — California workplace regulators have fined a labor contracting company $74,125 in the death of a farmworker last summer. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, said Wednesday that it issued the citation and penalty to Holtville-based C. Clunn Consulting after the death … Continue reading

Keeping Kids Out of Silo Deathtraps: Labor Dept. on Verge of Rule Change

From InTheseTimes.com, Mike Elk, 19 Dec 2011. When it’s humid during the summer, corn in storage will often get so caked together that it won’t fall to the bottom of silos. When this happens, silo operators will sometimes hire teenagers to come in for a day and jump around on the corn in order to … Continue reading

After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security

From HawaiiReporter, “After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security” by by Jim Dooley and Malia Zimmerman, 16 Dec 2011. The Hawaii state Department of Agriculture will inspect a Kahuku farm where undocumented workers from Laos said they were sickened by exposure to toxic pesticides. “Our enforcement field inspector has … Continue reading

Dangerous Dust: Shame on the Feds

From SavannahNow.com, 28 Nov 2011. IT’S SHAMEFUL that the federal government is taking its sweet time in protecting American workers from combustible dust — the same stuff that ignited and blew up the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth in 2008, killing 14 people and injuring dozens more. These tiny particles can become big killers. … Continue reading

Number of Suffocation Deaths in Grain Bins is Increasing

From KansasCity.com, Kansas City Star, Mike McGraw, 25 Nov 2011. The image of Patrick Hayes’ face after he suffocated in a grain bin under 60 tons of corn still haunts his father, Ron, who remembers: “Tears running down his cheeks; corn dust in his nose, his mouth, his eyes …” That deadly accident occurred 18 … Continue reading

Child Safety Farm Rules under Fire

From DurangoHerald.com, 16 Nov 2011. Farmers worry proposed labor regulations will hurt operation Colorado family farmers are worried about a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to change child-labor laws, saying they could cripple family farms and hurt programs such as the Future Farmers of America and 4-H Club. One rule would allow children … Continue reading

Farmers Worry New Child Labor Rules Will Hurt

From WSLS.com,Associated Press, 14 Nov 2011. DENVER (AP) Colorado family farmers are worried about a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to change child labor laws, saying they could cripple family farms and hurt programs like the Future Farmers of America and 4-H Club. One rule would only allow kids under age 15 to … Continue reading

Worker Loses Fingers at Egg Farm

From SunJournal.com, Kathryn Skelton, Staff Writer, 10 Nov 2011. TURNER, ME — Federal safety officials are investigating after a worker lost two fingers at an egg farm Sunday morning. Bill Coffin, area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said the accident was reported by management at Maine Contract Farming LLC on an OSHA … Continue reading

U Of Washington Wins $1.45 Million for Ag Safety Center

From WesternFarmerStockMan.com, Staff, 1 Nov 2011. NIOSH helps UW operate health unit for ag, fish & forestry. Fatality rates in ag, fishing and forestry are 10 times that of other industries, averaging more than 25 deaths per 100,000 workers each year. A program aimed at reducing that number in the Pacific Northwest has just been … Continue reading

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