Thingish Things

Feds Banning Farm Work Now?

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Apr• 25•12

I really have to get back to my real work today, but I keep seeing stories float in that I simply cannot ignore.

Get this one: The Labor Department is trying to ban young people under the age of 18 from performing certain farm chores. Are they out of their minds? My two older daughters work on a farm on the weekends, not because they can’t find jobs babysitting or scooping ice cream, because there is no work harder, more wholesome, or more quintessentially American.  I guess they’ll be forced into data entry soon.

From a story on this in The Daily Caller:

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.

The overreach of the federal government gets more alarming every day. And yet they get away with it because too many of us stay silent. 

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