Thursday, April 26, 2012
Government Backs Off Child Farm Labor Regulations
I thought this might make your Friday. Because of the many people pouring in their comments and concerns about the new regulations that would practically wipe out teens working on other farms, the government has withdrawn their changes to the child labor laws.
Originally, the Department of Labor wanted the farm labor laws to apply to children on their own farms, but, because of the tremendous negative responses and Representatives fighting for us, that was changed. But, that did not end the problem.
There was still the issue of teens working on other farms. So, the negative comments kept coming and for good reason. No more baling hay to earn some extra cash at a neighbor's farm. There were so many regulations that it would have limited pretty much everything a child can do.
Can you see what happens when farmers and good-minded citizens speak up? We can make a change! Us, "lowly" small farmers need to stick together and make a difference. Let's let the government know that we are stubborn and smart!
You can read more about this in an article just written yesterday, here.
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