Corn growers statement

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Missouri Corn Battles Onerous Regulations

Dec. 6, 2011, from

Traveling down a familiar road, a government agency has once again proposed a measure that would inhibit farm productivity. If approved, the recent proposal by the Department of Labor (DOL) would place strict limitations on youth working on farms, creating serious negative impacts on production agriculture. To combat these negative efforts, Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Billy Thiel submitted comments strongly opposing the rule to the DOL last week.

Noting the broad implications, Thiel stated MCGA's disapproval of the language that would potentially limit rural youth from working on any farm not directly owned by their parents. This would eliminate the ability of many rural youth to learn how to safely operate farm equipment and manage a business on a family, friend or neighbor's farm. Considering the strong decline in the number of children returning to the farm, any regulation discouraging training and teaching youth about agriculture and farm work is a direct hit to the farm economy. We will continue to fight these efforts and keep you updated as the ruling progresses.

Yielding more positive reactions, the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week approved H.R. 1633, a measure aimed at ending federal regulation of rural dust. Strongly supported by MCGA and the National Corn Growers Association, the measure intends to keep the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust. A vote is expected to take place on the House floor this week. This bill is necessary to protect farmers and to provide certainty they will not be regulated for kicking up dust. Please contact your congressional leader today and express your support for this solid piece of legislation. Contact information is available at under the legislative action tab.