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(CNSNews.com) – Labor Secretary Hilda Solis faced congressional opposition Wednesday over the Obama administration’s proposed regulations that would curtail what chores children are allowed to do on their own family’s farm.
Among other things, the Labor Department wants to bar children under age 16 from participating in the cultivation, harvest and curing of tobacco; operating almost all “power-driven” equipment; and working with animals in feed lots, grain silos, stockyards, or livestock auctions.............
As proposed, the new rules would prohibit workers under age 16 from:
-- Working in feed lots, grain silos, stockyards, or livestock auctions.
-- Participating in the cultivation or harvest of tobacco.
-- Handling animals and pesticides, working in timber operations, and transporting farm product raw materials.
-- Operating “almost all power-driven equipment.”
-- Using electronic devices – including communication devices – while operating power-driven equipment.
The regulations would exempt children working on farms owned by their parents – but not children working on farms owned by other relatives. (The latter provision is being reconsidered by the Labor Department.)
Originally posted by SaturnFX
I used to grow my own tobacco for personal use. I won't lie, when you spend enough time touching the leaves without gloves, you do feel a little bit off and queasy.
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by MissPoovey
Your average "Family" farm cannot afford to hire others to work it.
My Dad sent me to my uncles farm every summer while he was in the Military. After he retired, he kept up the practice even though we lived only miles away, and added weekends to the list.
Maybe I was underfoot to much?
But I learned many valuable lessons that I carry to this day. Like ensuring you have good ventilation while cleaning out a silo. I felt deathly ill for three days.
Originally posted by korathin
Then on the right you have child abusers who advocate teaching children a lesson via the school of hard knocks by exploiting them.