A new USDA report shows injuries to youth on farms has declined significantly – almost cut in half – since 2001. The clear trend should be if interest across the agricultural sector in light of rules the U.S. Department of Labor proposed last year that could have restricted children under 15 years of age from working on farms and ranches.

According to the report, agriculture-related injuries to youth under 20 years of age on United States farms have decreased from 13.5 injuries per 1,000 farms in 2001 to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 farms in 2009. In 2009, there were 15,876 injuries to youth who lived on, worked on, or visited a farm in the United States compared to 29,277 in 2001, 27,591 in 2004, and 22,894 injuries in 2006.