Two million farmworkers help grow, tend and harvest the food that we put on our tables every day. They are the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers whose hard work and long days enable us to have healthy, plentiful food. They are often exposed to hazards from pesticide exposures and need the same workplace protection that other industry workers have had for decades.
It’s been 20 years since the rules providing protections to farmworkers were updated. In February of this year, the agency proposed for public comment on a revised Worker Protection Standard. The proposal is the result of numerous discussions across the country with farm workers, farm owners, states and others on what is working, what is not, and what needs to be improved when it comes to the current rule. More