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    04-26-2012, 01:25 PM
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Trained
Farm child labor law changes

Okay, this is insane. Below was taken from wear abc:


Congressman Miller responded Wednesday evening to federal regulation changes that are being proposed on youth labor rules on farms.

Below are the purposed changes:
  • Children under 16 that are being paid cannot operate most power-driven equipment, including tractors and combines. Some student-learners would be exempted from the ban on operating tractors and other farm implements, but only if the equipment has rollover protection and seat belts.
  • Children under 18 cannot work at grain elevators, silos, feedlots and livestock auctions and cannot transport raw farm materials.
  • Children 15 and younger are prohibited from cultivating, curing and harvesting tobacco to prevent exposure to green tobacco sickness, which is caused by exposure to wet tobacco plants.
  • Youths cannot use electronic devices such as cellphones while operating power-driven equipment.
A statement from Congressman Miller's office in response to these potential regulation updates reads, "It is unfortunate that this rule could adversely impact the longstanding tradition of young people having the opportunity to work on farms to gain valuable skills and lessons on hard work, character, and leadership. I think itís unconscionable for the federal government to interfere with the prospect of a new generation learning and gaining hands-on skills in agriculture."

It continues, "This is just another example of unnecessary government intrusion and I will work hard to make sure young people have the continued opportunities to work on farms and ranches."

The purposed rules were published in the Federal Register back in September, which sparked over 18,000 public comments. The rules would not apply to children working at farms that their parents owned, but would apply to doing work at farms of neighbors or relatives.Miller responds to proposed child farm labor changes
     
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    04-26-2012, 01:29 PM
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Last 2 sound quite reasonable to me.
     
    04-26-2012, 01:40 PM
  #3
Trained
THANK YOU for posting this. I am a member of Champaign County Farm Bureau. This is NOT the first time I've heard of this. There is a country saying--Farm kids get off of their tractors and into the Driver's Ed cars. Farm families DEPEND on their children and relatives to get their crops in. Stupid actors/entertainers like to pretend that they are the hardest working people on the planet bc movies/shows put time deadlines on their performances. The FARMERS race the weather to sow and harvest. I really watch the crossroads during these times bc oftentimes they are driving tired and blow through stop signs. They NEED the help they get. This bill will restrict it. In between both they maintain equipment, mow their properties, and maybe take care of a few head of livestock, and they need their kids for this, too.
We cannot allow MORE regulation on Family Farms. Family farmers are the BEST stewards of farmland. When the family farms sell out the farm corporations buy/use their land and wear it out.
Consider: If the government can prevent THIS, the will use it as a PRECENDENCE (a law term, for those in Rio Linda) to prevent our children from riding and helping take care of our horses, too.
     
    04-26-2012, 01:43 PM
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Corporal, I think the other one came out about a year ago and was something about the age and paying for labor (I may be wrong though). I do think first 2 statements should be questioned (possibly by petition). I still think "no cell phones while on power equipment" should be there.
     
    04-26-2012, 01:52 PM
  #5
Yearling
I could've sworn when I read the proposed bill awhile ago that children of the farm owner would be excempt. Sort of like your kids don't need a work permit only if they're working for you.

I'll have to try & find that again tonight when I get home.
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    04-26-2012, 01:55 PM
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Val, concerning the last two, relative to 20 years ago - there is very little tobacco grown in this country. The only "kids" doing it would be on a family allotment - which would mean - very small total number. I live where the rattlers are thick, thick, thick...yet there is no law prohibiting children from picking weeds.

As to the cell, the county I live in has no ban on cell phones (one is in place inside city limits, and that was recent) and there are plenty of places the speed limit is 75 mph. But they are worried about the tiny number of kids on tractors going 10 mph?

Trooper...good point about horses!!! Exactly, small farms almost all rely on their own children and relatives.
     
    04-26-2012, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by busysmurf    
I could've sworn when I read the proposed bill awhile ago that children of the farm owner would be excempt. Sort of like your kids don't need a work permit only if they're working for you.

I'll have to try & find that again tonight when I get home.
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It is in the bottem sentence.

The rules would not apply to children working at farms that their parents owned, but would apply to doing work at farms of neighbors or relatives.
     
    04-26-2012, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Val, concerning the last two, relative to 20 years ago - there is very little tobacco grown in this country.
Is it indeed dangerous? I know nothing about tobacco and growing it, so just curious.

In MD you are not allowed to use cell phone (or especially texting) when driving, doesn't matter how fast. I do think cell phone distracts a lot, and I'm sure it's even worse for younger people. I know tractor is just 10 mph, but the breeder of my paint (in his 70th, farmer all his life) was killed by tractor. Equipment IS equipment and can kill unfortunately. Imagine situation when the kid is on phone (talking or texting) and someone jumps in front of the tractor....
     
    04-26-2012, 02:06 PM
  #9
Yearling
For those interested, this is the proposed update
WHD News Release: US Labor Department proposes updates to child labor regulations [08/31/2011]


Personally, I don't see anything wrong with it…but I don't see the need for it either, which is my concern. I say this because I come from a rural background and it is common for farms to help each other out without actually employing anyone. My concern is that the govt could use this proposal as an excuse to come onto your farm for reasons other than what they tell you.
     
    04-26-2012, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
  • Youths cannot use electronic devices such as cellphones while operating power-driven equipment.
This is well-worded. TOO MANY cell-phone restrictions are too specific to cell phones, without understanding that technology will be producing more and different technology that will distract, in the future. ANYthing that distracts you while anyone is operating heavy equipment becomes dangerous.

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Originally Posted by Missy May    
"This is just another example of unnecessary government intrusion and I will work hard to make sure young people have the continued opportunities to work on farms and ranches."
Our government has become Big Brother. Getting rid of unneccessary legislation is a move away from this extreme.
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