FYI -- a couple of weeks ago I sent you an e-mail regarding concerns over 
the new policies from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the 
regulations for agricultural workers and how that may impact students with 
SAE (livestock in particular) projects. 

This is an update on that issue. If you would consider taking that 
original e-mail I sent you, and the information in this e-mail, and then 
consider formulating a comment or letter to the U.S. Department of Labor 
voicing your concerns about this change in policy -- I would encourage 
that effort.

Please call me if you have any questions or concerns -- or if you have any 
other advice on how we as a State Ag-Ed program should proceed.

As always, I want to remember to express my sincere appreciation for all 
you do -- and let you know how much I respect the great work you are doing 
for students in Agricultural Education and the future of Agriculture in 

John (Chip) Bridges
Program Manager, Agricultural Education
Georgia Department of Education
1752 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404.657.8311
Fax: 770.344.4411
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Extended Comment Period for NPRM Addressing Child Labor in Agriculture

The comment period for the U.S. Department of Labor?s Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NPRM) addressing child labor in agriculture has been extended 
to December 1, 2011.
This extension will allow us to spend considerable time on this issue at 
the upcoming NAAE/ACTE convention in St. Louis, November 15-19.  At the 
convention, we will have specific suggestions for individuals and 
organizations to provide comments to the Department of Labor on this 
important matter.  A representative from each state needs to be prepared 
to take information provided at the convention back to his/her respective 
state and gets dozens, if not hundreds, of comments sent in to the 
Department of Labor.
For those who will not attend the NAAE/ACTE convention, we will post 
related information to the ag ed listservs and the Advocacy community on 
NAAE?s Communities of Practice following the convention.
It is also critical that our state teams ag ed collaborate and coordinate 
with their respective state Farm Bureau Federations on this.  The American 
Farm Bureau and many state Farm Bureaus are very involved in these 
negotiations.  So, for those of you who have state ag ed leadership 
responsibilities -- state ag ed association officers, state advocacy 
leaders, state staff, teacher educators, state FFA alumni leaders, state 
FFA foundation staff, ag industry leaders, and so forth (your state team 
ag ed) -- please reach out to your state Farm Bureau contact persons and 
begin to coordinate messaging regarding the NPRM from your state.  I 
suggest you make these contacts immediately (prior to the NAAE/ACTE 
convention) and develop a communications plan for your state.
It will be very important for our profession to provide hundreds of 
comments regarding this NPRM.  The quantity and quality of comments will 
make a substantial impact on the decision makers at the U.S. Department of 
Labor.  Thanks, in advance, for making the commitment to participate in 
this advocacy initiative.
If you want to explore the NPRM further, you may download the 211-page 
Federal Register file here.  You may review the U.S. Department of Labor?s 
side-by-side comparison of the current regulations with the proposed 
regulations here. 
Please direct your questions and/or comments to Jay Jackman at 
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Jay and Kent
Wm. Jay Jackman, Ph.D., CAE
Executive Director
National Association of Agricultural Educators
300 Garrigus Building
Lexington, Kentucky  40546-0215
(859) 257-2224 or (800) 509-0204
Fax: (859) 323-3919
Cell: (859) 619-4990
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Kent Schescke
Director of Strategic Partnerships
National FFA Organization
1410 King Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, Virginia  22314
(703) 838-5883
Fax: (703) 838-5888
Cell: (317) 402-5079
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