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Mary Thathcher, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, said it looks like the commodity title will be implemented this year, with sign-up for some of the programs by late summer and into fall. Most crop insurance programs will not be implemented until at least the 2015 crop year.
Ohio is outpacing the nation in the increasing value of its crops. We are losing fewer farms than the national average, and our agricultural acreage has remained steady or increased slightly while the countrywide picture is still showing losses.
Instead of reading the legislation to mean that OSHA cannot enforce against farms, OSHA instead sought out means to get around this provision—and they found one.
OSHA had fined the farm $132,000 for violations. Previously, OSHA said the grain bins on the farm, which employs one person, were not part of farm operations and thus were not exempt from regulation.
Portman, of Cincinnati, said the question that needs asked is, “How many people are pulling the wagon versus how many people are in the wagon?”