October 25, 2014

U-turn on proposed farm labor rule

The Obama administration does an “about face” on its proposal to limit the type of work kids can do on farms. Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation spokesman Casey Langan says the proposal was unworkable and families let the government know that. “Who better than parents and farmers to determine the individual capabilities of youth to perform certain chores on farms?”

He says when the U.S. Labor Department sought public input on the plan last year, 10,000 comments were quickly registered.

Langan says the proposed rule change would’ve also inhibited youths from participating in many programs sponsored by the 4-H and FFA.

Langan says the Farm Bureau Federation, and the aforementioned groups, will continue working with the federal government to develop an educational program to reduce accidents of young people involved in agriculture.