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Labor Department Wants To Prevent Children From Working On Family Farm

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My chores were much different than that of my friend Caroline Laveau, but she grew up on a huge dairy farm in Wrenshall, and I only had to dust and vacuum.  I enjoyed my time on the farm and think that it taught me a lot!  Responsibility and the meaning of the words, “hard work”, because it wasn’t always fun, or easy and “time to play” didn’t come until AFTER chores were completed.  Personally, I think this is wrong and don’t think that families with farms can make it without the family working together.  Do you agree?

In an article written by Journalist Patrick Richardson with the Daily Caller:

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.  Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Read more at The Daily Caller

 

 

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