The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America workshop theme is “Implications of Public Policy and Corporate Practice.” The annual workshop is being held Jan. 26 at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Agribusinesses, including ag retailers, reportedly can obtain information about operational safety. Those registering will be joining agribusiness leaders, federal agency representatives, safety and health researchers, farmworker advocates and medical practitioners for this update from Capitol Hill. Presentations and panels will focus on the:

  • 2012 Farm Bill
  • H2-A temporary agricultural worker program
  • Internet-based E-Verify
  • Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE)
  • NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing program
  • Proposed changes to child agricultural labor regulations

Scheduled speakers include: Reid Maki, Child Labor Coalition; George Conway, M.D., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Brittany Jablonksy, National Farmers Union; Art Kerschner, U.S. Department of Labor; Paul Gunderson, Ph.D., Dakota Center for Technology-Optimized Agriculture; Matthew Fischer-Daly, SAI Project Cultivar; and a representative of Northwest Dairy Association.

Case history presentations from various companies will explain “Putting Corporate Social Responsibility into Agricultural Practice.”

“The safety and health of agricultural workers is a non-competitive issue,” said ASHCA Chair William Nelson, CHS, Inc. “This workshop is about sharing best practices and conveying the latest public policy affecting the farm workplace.”

A one-year individual membership (workshop included) is being offered for a special rate of $100. Workshop fee-only is $40 for ASHCA members, $70 for non-members. And renewals should be completed for registration, all of which can be completed by contacting the ASHCA office, 715-221-7270, ashca@mcrf.mfldclin.edu.