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The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is praising the U.S. Department of Labor's decision to modify its regulations regarding child farm labor.

Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling says the original federal rules could have had a dramatic impact on the future of agriculture.

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A Vermont Senate committee is considering a bill that would create a farm guest worker program to allow the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 immigrant workers on Vermont dairy farms.

The bill would create a state identification for the workers and a registry of those workers that would allow them to be eligible for state services.

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EXPO Magazine has listed World Dairy Expo as No. 12 in its listing of the Top 25 Fast-Growing Shows of 2011. This ranking concentrates on performance metrics, conferences and expos that implement new strategies, innovative ways of showcasing exhibitors, blockbuster growth, and use of new media and IT. Eight metrics are used to compare trade shows including square foot size, square foot growth, attendee size, attendee growth, exhibitor size, exhibitor growth, revenue growth and attendees per square foot.

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The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has agreed to help migrant workers with limited English language skills understand rights and protections.

The deal is part of a larger agreement reached in December with the Environmental Protection Agency that arose after some workers said they could not communicate about repeated exposure to pesticides.

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Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has added butter to the product list it will assist members in selling overseas, starting in January.

Analysis of market fundamentals by CWT/NMPF economists indicated that the time was right to provide assistance to CWT member cooperatives interested in expanding sales of U.S. butter in foreign markets.

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Illinois farm groups are joining forces with law enforcement to improve security related to agriculture.

They have created the "Agro-Security Working Group" and will educate farmers on preventing crime and terrorism.

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