Who regulates farms?

Being such a huge part of the nation's food source, agriculture is a massive industry that continues to develop as the years pass by. There are a range of governing bodies that are responsible for regulating farms in the US to promote safe and fair practices, all while minimizing environmental impact and harm to wildlife.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the primary organization in charge of regulating farms across the US, introducing programs that promote agricultural activity and support farmers, and helping rural communities introduce effective farming systems. The USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) can provide financial assistance to farmers, as well as tools that can help them undertake their role safely. 

To protect the safety of workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 

regulates farm safety and enforces standards that ensure employees are working in safe conditions and managing machinery appropriately. They conduct inspections that ensure health and safety standards are met, monitoring working conditions and the use of personal protective equipment while running training programs to promote compliance, and educating workers on the legalities. By ensuring all agricultural workers are following the same standardized regulations, OSHA is in turn enhancing the quality of life for farm workers and preventing the likelihood of workplace incidents.

As well as ensuring the safety of people in the industry, regulation is in place to safeguard the environment. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with farmers to implement conservation practices, minimizing harm to habitats, soil, and water quality. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also works closely with farmers to improve their sustainability, regulating the handling and storage of chemicals to prevent pollution and harm to workers. By encouraging the reduction of chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers while educating on sustainable waste management, agricultural practices are improving across the nation.


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