Stallman Responds to Labor Department Withdrawal of Family Farming Guidance

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says the Department of Labor's decision to withdraw enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's small farm grain bin guidance is a positive step forward for agriculture. He says Farm Bureau is optimistic this action will result in OSHA's compliance with the small farm exemption as required by law. Stallman notes farm safety is a top-of-mind priority for farmers. He says state and county Farm Bureaus throughout the country conduct safety training programs and work to ensure everyone working on a farm is trained and safe. But Stallman says Farm Bureau also believes the key to improving farm safety is a collaborative, cooperative process that wasn't helped by OSHA's enforcement under the just-rescinded 2011 guidance document that wasn't consistent with the law. He says Farm Bureau encourages the Department of Labor to reach out to farm groups to help develop additional farm safety programs. Stallman says preventative measures would better serve OSHA's and the farm community's shared goal of farm safety.

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