Ag allies line up against child-labor changes

By Art Hovey, JournalStar.com

The state’s largest farm organization launched a year-long campaign Thursday against proposed changes to federal safety standards for children working in agriculture.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation chose the state FFA convention in downtown Lincoln as the backdrop for an effort called “Let Me Get My Hands Dirty.”

FFA members, including state President Brennan Costello of Gothenburg, and advisers including Anita Wollenberg of Wilber-Clatonia, were among those who stepped forward in support of Farm Bureau concerns about limiting the involvement of those younger than 15 in hands-on agriculture.

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