ACTION: Protect funding for the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program (AFF) within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the final 2013 federal budget.

You are making a difference! Legislators have heard the public outcry against the unfair targeting of farming, forestry and fishing safety for federal spending cuts. But we can’t stop now.

After our last round of “e-blasts,” it became clear that legislators heard the outrage from farmers, foresters, fishermen and the public that among all industries, only the three most dangerous were targeted for safety funding elimination. This has made it possible to prevent budget cuts up to this point. However, the budget is going through a long, brutal process, and cuts can still happen if we don’t keep up the pressure.

If you feel strongly that agricultural safety and health should be promoted whenever possible by voluntary collaboration, not by forced compliance with regulations, and that agriculture forestry and fishing (AFF) should get the same support enjoyed by every other industry, please take a moment to contact your legislator with this easy e-blast.

Right now, the 2013 budget is under review in the House of Representatives, and the specifics of the Health and Human Services Budget are being looked at in detail. If you live in districts with the following representatives, an e-blast or postal letter would be critically important:

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House Appropriations, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Labor subcommittee members—VERY IMPORTANT!
Arizona Jeff Flake, (R) HHS subcommittee
California Jerry Lewis, (R) HHS subcommittee
California Lucille Roybal-Allard, (D) HHS subcommittee
California Barbara Lee, (D) HHS subcommittee
Connecticut Rosa L. DeLauro (D) HHS subcommittee
Georgia Jack Kingston, (R) HHS subcommittee
Idaho Michael K. Simpson, (R) HHS subcommittee
Illinois Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., (D) HHS subcommittee
Louisiana Rodney Alexander HHS subcommittee
Montana Denny Rehberg, (R) HHS subcommittee
New York Nita M. Lowey, (D) HHS subcommittee
Texas Kay Granger, (R) HHS subcommittee
Wyoming Cynthia M. Lummis, (R) HHS subcommittee

If you do not have a Representative that is on this list, an e-blast to your representative on the House Appropriations Committee would also be very helpful:

Committee on Appropriations House of Representatives 112th Congress
HAROLD ROGERS, Chairman Kentucky Appropriations
Jo Bonner Alabama Appropriations
Robert B. Aderholt Alabama Appropriations
Jeff Flake Arizona Appropriations
Ed Pastor Arizona Appropriations
Steve Womack Arkansas Appropriations
Ken Calvert California Appropriations
Lucille Roybal-Allard California Appropriations
Sam Farr California Appropriations
Barbara Lee, California Appropriations
Adam B. Schiff California Appropriations
Michael M. Honda California Appropriations
Jerry Lewis California Appropriations
Rosa L. Delauro Connecticut Appropriations
C. W. Bill Young Florida Appropriations
Ander Crenshaw Florida Appropriations
Mario Diaz-Balart Florida Appropriations
Jack Kingston Georgia Appropriations
Tom Graves Georgia Appropriations
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Georgia Appropriations
Michael K. Simpson Idaho Appropriations
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Illinois Appropriations
Peter J. Visclosky Indiana Appropriations
Tom Latham Iowa Appropriations
Kevin Yoder Kansas Appropriations
Rodney Alexander Louisiana Appropriations
John W. Olver Massachusetts Appropriations
Betty Mccollum Minnesota Appropriations
Alan Nunnelee Mississippi Appropriations
Jo Ann Emerson Missouri Appropriations
Denny Rehberg Montana Appropriations
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen New Jersey Appropriations
Steven R. Rothman New Jersey Appropriations
Nita M. Lowey New York Appropriations
Jose E. Serrano New York Appropriations
Maurice D. Hinchey New York Appropriations
David E. Price North Carolina Appropriations
Steven C. Latourette Ohio Appropriations
Steve Austria Ohio Appropriations
Marcy Kaptur Ohio Appropriations
Tom Cole Oklahoma Appropriations
Charles W. Dent Pennsylvania Appropriations
Chaka Fattah Pennsylvania Appropriations
John R. Carter Texas Appropriations
Kay Granger Texas Appropriations
John Abney Culberson Texas Appropriations
Frank R. Wolf Virginia Appropriations
James P. Moran Virginia Appropriations
Norman D. Dicks Washington Appropriations
Cynthia M. Lummis Wyoming Appropriations

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The 2013 Presidential budget has again targeted the NIOSH Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) Program for termination. This decision would have dire consequences for the AFF industries for the following reasons:

  • Farmers, foresters and fishermen are 6X more likely to die on the job than the average American worker
  • A work-related injury or fatality can be both financially and emotionally devastating to business-owners, workers and their families
  • The estimated cost of AFF fatalities, injuries and illnesses is roughly $17 billion annually
  • The NIOSH AFF Program is the ONLY NON-REGULATORY program in the country working to provide AFF health and safety solutions
  • NIOSH AFF Centers collaborate closely with the farming, fishing and forestry workers they serve. This is an example of industry and government working together successfully.
Thanks to dedicated efforts from the farm community last year, we were able to save this program. If you believe AFF workers deserve the same protections afforded other industry workers, please contact your Congressional representatives today and save this vital program in 2013!