The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently identified the 10 most serious cited violations for 2015. Although some of these have little to do with agriculture, a number of them do occur with some frequency in farming operations. Fall protection was the most frequently cited serious accident with approximately 6,000 violations nationwide, while scaffolding came in second with more than 4,000 incidents. 

Stephanie Metzinger

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has upheld its previous decision to rule against the U.S. and the October 20, 2014 Panel Report, citing that U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations that apply to imported meat discriminate against Canada and Mexico. This is the third time the WTO has rejected the modified U.S. regulations stating it discriminated against Canada and Mexico creating a technical barrier to trade. In declining the U.S.’s appeal, the WTO decision will now enable Canada and Mexico to apply retaliatory tariffs.



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