Washington, D.C. (January 13, 2022)—“This afternoon the U.S. Supreme Court decided to block the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) imposing a vaccine/testing mandate on larger employers put forward last year by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This action shows that OSHA needs to consider other alternatives to encourage vaccinations for workers across the country. Since the ETS was first proposed, NCFC has consistently stated that forcing difficult testing and enforcement actions on employers would not help achieve that goal and would, in the worst case, only magnify the labor shortages being experienced across the food and agriculture supply chain. We encourage the Biden administration to rethink their approach on this issue and take a more collaborative approach to encourage vaccinations.”
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.