(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2012)
May 7: After the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would withdraw its proposed rule limiting farm children’s involvement in agricultural activities, the National Corn Growers Association sent a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis applauding her decision.
“On behalf of the National Corn Growers Association, I commend you for your decision to withdraw the proposed child labor rule,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “As a family farmer, there is nothing more important than the safety of my children and grandchildren.”
The letter also said that NCGA looks forward to working with the Departments of Labor and Agriculture to develop an educational program that will promote safer agricultural practices. NCGA has previously worked with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, National Milk Producers Federation, FFA and 4-H to address this issue.
One example of taking a forward step toward promoting farm safety was the release in early 2011 of NCGA’s grain bin safety video, in conjunction with the National Grain and Feed Association. Click here for information on that project; click here to watch the video.
To read the letter, click here.