Heat rising over ‘hot goods’

An attempted crackdown on minimum wage and child labor violations at berry farms in the Pacific Northwest has sparked a backlash that threatens one of the U.S. Labor Department’s most potent tools for enforcing protections for farm workers.

Farming among the country’s deadliest jobs

Farming, once again, is one of the country’s deadliest jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released preliminary occupational fatality data this week, revealing that farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers have the eighth-highest workplace fatality rates.

A Second Chance: After life-changing injury, farmer-turned-researcher now teaches about agricultural dangers

In 1978, Robert “Chip” Petrea was injured while baling hay near his family’s dairy farm located just outside Iuka, Ill. The injury resulted in double-above the knee amputations for Petrea. Less than a year removed from the amputations, Petrea began to farm again. Today, he serves as a principal researcher for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a focus on agricultural safety and health, Petrea now helps prevent injuries such as his from happening to others.

Expect no farm safety legislation this year in Iowa

Support from Iowa lawmakers for stricter farm safety regulation does not exist in their new legislative session. This is despite agriculture being Iowa’s deadliest occupation and limited Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement and coverage.