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 general.

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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10/27/2011 12:25 PM

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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 [log in to unmask] or to Kent Schescke at [log in to unmask].
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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