Braley Statement on Reversal of Proposed Labor Dept. Rule on Farm Youth Labor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:41

Labor Department announced it will drop proposed rule to limit youth labor on farms

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after the US Department of Labor announced it was withdrawing a proposed regulation that would have made it more difficult for farmers and ranchers to hire youth to work in agriculture:

“The demise of the Obama administration's proposed rule to require children be a minimum age to work on farms is welcome news. A regulation prohibiting youths from working on farms would strike at the very core of agriculture across Iowa and the Midwest.  This is Iowa. Working on the family farm is part of growing up.  I know -- I remember many hot summer days I spent as a kid detassling corn in the fields. I'll keep working to ensure misguided regulations like this one don't see the light of day."

In December, Braley wrote to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis urging her to drop the proposed rule.


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Loebsack Statement on Labor Department Withdrawing Proposed Youth Labor Rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:36

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today praised the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for withdrawing a proposed rule dealing with youth who work in agriculture. Last week, Loebsack met with the DOL to urge them to review Iowans’ concerns that part of the proposal would limit activities children could perform on family farms and the effect the updates could have on student education programs in rural areas.

“Iowa farmers have a long and proud tradition of feeding the world,” said Loebsack. “After hearing from concerned family farmers from across Iowa and the nation, I am pleased the Department of Labor has taken this step to help protect Iowa's way of life. When I met with the Department of Labor, I stressed the importance of better cooperation and outreach to the agriculture community and raised concerns about this rule. I applaud their commitment to working in a cooperative way to make our farms safer for kids.”

In addition to meeting with the DOL, Loebsack wrote to the Secretary of Labor to urge the Department to ensure Iowa farmers and families had the opportunity to be heard regarding these proposals and urged the Department to reconsider the provisions relating to the parental exemption for children helping on the farm, which had already been withdrawn prior to today.



Labor Dept. Withdrawing Farm Child Labor Regulations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:28

Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after learning that the Department of Labor would be withdrawing the entirety of its proposed regulations that would have put stringent restrictions on young people working on family farms.  Grassley, one of the only working family farmers in the U.S. Senate, has vigorously defended the opportunity for kids to work on family farms.  He has said that generations of Iowans have cut their teeth working on the farm, whether for their own family, or a neighbor’s farm and that young people are a valuable part of farming operations.

“It’s good the Labor Department rethought the ridiculous regulations it was going to stick on farmers and their families.  It would have been devastating to farm families across the country.  Much of rural America was built on families helping families, neighbors helping neighbors.  To even propose such regulations defies common sense, and shows a real lack of understanding as to how the family farm works.  I’m glad the Obama administration came to its senses.”

Important Grassley Reforms Included in Farm and Nutrition Bill, Legislation Clears Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:20

Thursday, April 26, 202

Senator Chuck Grassley, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, made the following statement after the committee passed “The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012.”  Grassley is one of the only working family farmers in the United States Senate.  Grassley voted for the bill.

The Chairwoman’s legislation that was debated in the Agriculture Committee contained the most important parts of Grassley’s efforts to limit farm program payments to small- and mid-size farmers.  The legislation that cleared the committee will limit farm payments under the proposed new commodity program to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for married couples.  The bill also includes a provision to begin closing the loopholes that allow people who aren’t involved in farming to collect farm payments.  The provision prevents non-farmers from being able to use the management loophole in current law.  A person who doesn’t provide labor for the farming operation will still be able to qualify for farm payments by helping manage the farm.  However, there can only be one individual per farming operation qualifying for payments based solely on their providing management.  This provision will help the Department of Agriculture crack down on the general partnerships that have multiple non-farmers trying to qualify for farm payments by exploiting the management loophole.  This will end some of the most egregious abuses of the farm program.

“Today, progress was made in one of the most important areas needed for reform in the farm programs.  I’ve been pushing to limit farm program payments to those who need it most for many years.  The farm program was never meant to give 10 percent of the farmers 70 percent of the benefits.  We needed a fix that keeps the farm program focused on helping small- and medium-sized farmers get through the ups and downs of farming, all while understanding the fiscal situation the country is in.  This bill takes a meaningful step in the right direction.  There are still areas of improvement that I’ll be pushing for, but I appreciate Senator Stabenow and Senator Roberts including this important reform in the bill.”

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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:37

Lykins receives 2012 Distinguished Service Award

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 26, 2012 – The Iowa FFA Foundation honored Barb Lykins, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) director of community resources, with its Distinguished Service Award during the FFA state leadership convention in Ames on April 24.

“Barb is passionate about the development of young leaders in agriculture,” said Denny Presnall, IFBF executive director. “Her commitment to improving the quality of life for our young people and rural communities has been demonstrated through her professional and personal accomplishments. We are very proud of her contributions to the Iowa FFA Foundation.”

Lykins has been involved with the Iowa FFA Foundation for more than 25 years, serving in leadership roles on the organization’s sponsoring committee and capital campaigns.  In her current position at IFBF, she is responsible for development, implementation, management and evaluation of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation’s philanthropic endowment and charitable giving initiatives. She also provides oversight and management of the organization’s meeting and travel department and agricultural education programs.

Prior to this position, Lykins served as director of IFBF’s Leadership Division and was responsible for direction of Farm Bureau programs in the areas of leadership development and training, young farmer activities, women’s activities, the Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation, agricultural and education efforts and the IFBF scholarship and grant programs.   She is a graduate of Iowa State University and received ISU’s Young Alum Award in 1997.


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