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November 15, 2011

How Proposed 'Child Labor' Laws could affect your kids

Have you heard of the newly proposed Child Labor laws that may possibly go into effect very soon?

Even though the newly proposed labor law would not impact my kids at the present time, they are only 5 and 7 years old, we want them to experience caring for our animals in the future. We believe, and Dominic experienced growing up on our dairy farm, that learning to feed and care for our dairy cows gives kids a head start on work ethic. If a pre-teen or teenager learns work ethic at a young age, he or she will be more likely to continue to have good work ethic as an adult. Helping to care for animals and working on our farm will help our kids build character and responsibility.

Both of my kids are currently involved in the 4H organization. When they reach the age of nine, they will be able to show large animals in the county fairs and they are already looking forward to it. Part of showing animals through both the 4H and FFA organizations is learning how to properly care for your animals, yourself. If the proposed labor law goes into effect, it would impact thousands of kids. They will not be allowed to care for their own animals and this would be a tragedy, not only to the kids but also to the future of our country. Learning these skills at a young age, is necessary to instill the foundation of agricultural knowledge to be able to help feed our nation in the future.

If you would like to help the agricultural community, submit your comments before December 1, 2011 to the Department of Labor. To submit written comments, reference RIN 1235-AA06 in your letter and mail it to:

The Wage and Hour Division
U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502
200 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20210

To learn more about how the Child Labor laws will affect agriculture and the 4H and FFA organizations, here are some articles and stories on the subject:
Changes in Labor Laws Affecting Farm Kids
Proposed Labor Laws Could Limit Youth Farmwork
New Labor Proposals Would End Farm Work For Kids
Impacts of  "Child Labor"

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