Dept. Of Labor Withdraws Youth Farm Labor Rules

By Melissa Brunner,

The Obama administration withdrew a controversial new set of regulations for young people working in agriculture Thursday evening.

Critics said the rules would have stopped children from helping on the family farm and even from doing 4-H projects with most animals.

Instead of the rules, the Department of Labor says it will work with groups such as the Farm Bureau and FFA on educational programs to reduce farm accidents. The administration says the change in direction was the result of concerns raised by thousands of people across the country.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran called the move a victory for farmers and ranchers. He says the proposal would have further reduced the rural workforce, deprived young people of valuable career training and “a way of life would have begun to disappear.”

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