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OSHA Goes Against the Grain
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Fri Jan 3, 2014 10:25 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- Farmers who store grain could face inspections and scrutiny from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration despite a decades-long exemption, unless the U.S. Senate is able to work its will and make OSHA to back off its regulatory change.

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., is drawing attention to OSHA's move to regulate on-farm grain bins. Saying "grain bins and family farms go together like the State Fair and 4-H," Johanns became incredulous in mid-December over a potential $132,000 fine hanging over a Nebraska farm operation because of an OSHA inspection.

Johanns, a former U.S. agriculture secretary, authored a ...

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