Stay away from the farm
POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 6:38pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 3:43pm
tyler — Well.. they're at it again.
We've done news stories and commentaries before about this administration wanting to get involved in farming.
No, they don't want to help you do chores. They want to tell you how to do it.
Of course, many have just driven past a farm.
A few months ago they didn't want to let kids drive tractors. There was outrage and the Department of Labor slinked away.
Then, months later, they didn't want kids do parts of farm work. Outrage again and the Department of Labor retreated.
Well, here they are again. On their own families' land.
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it's attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
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."
This means country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions."
The new regulations, 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.
In other words, forget the 4-H and FFA.
The federal government will show you what you need to know.
You tell me these folks don't have an agenda?
That's my point of view, whats yours?
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