ASA Cheers DOL Decision to Re-Write Controversial Child Labor Regulations

Press Release by Issuing Company

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

February 3, 2012…St. Louis, Mo…. In response to a Wednesday’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that it will re-examine draft rules that relate to youth working on farms, American Soybean Association President Steve Wellman releases the following statement in support of the move:

“The American Soybean Association is pleased that the Department of Labor has agreed to re-write onerous draft rules that would have negatively impacted the ability of youth to work on family farms and gain agricultural experience.  The soybean industry and agriculture as a whole puts safety at the vanguard of our operations. A successful farm is a safe farm, and ASA supports efforts to ensure that children are kept out of potentially hazardous situations in the farm workplace. We also know that on-farm experience is a great teacher and part of the rural tradition that has made our country and farm families strong. ASA was concerned that the Labor Department’s proposed rules would have greatly impacted the ability of youth to gain these experiences, so we are pleased that the rules now will be rewritten.”

The American Soybean Association represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.

For more information contact:
Steve Wellman, ASA President, (402) 269-7024,
Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, (202) 969-7040,
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