U. S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Labor Affairs

Dr. Allen Young
USU Extension Dairy Specialist

The web site for this month is a site that lists itself as a resource for agricultural workers and employers. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is designed to give you a place to look for information regarding things you need to know in order to keep up with and be in compliance with labor laws. The URL for the site is: http://www.usda.gov/oce/oce/labor-affairs/affairs.htm

For example, when I clicked on the button labeled "What's New," I found information on items such as: the I-9 process in a nutshell, H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker program, independent contractors, etc. Under the button labeled, "Farm Employment Rules and Regulations" there were listings for child labor laws, farm labor contractors, social security, worker protection, etc. There are other categories and sites referenced that will keep you in reading material for a long time.

I think it is important to be aware of laws governing agriculture, especially considering that in the near future many of the exemptions that agriculture has had will probably be revoked or tightened. If so, then a working knowledge of these laws will be necessary in order to remain compliant with the law.