Department of Labor Attacks Family Farms

Saturday, April 28, 2012

In an unprecedented “brain fart” on the part of the Obama Administration and the Department of Labor, governmental officials try to regulate the chores kids can do on their own family farm. The family farm section was part of a sweeping labor bill mainly directed at farm labor contractors hiring under aged youth to work in Ag related entities without proper training or protection. But, as with most governmental interference, what started out as a good intention quickly lead to an overreaching intrusion into American farm life and the way we choose to raise our children.

“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.” from The Daily Caller Read more:

Due to public outcry, this really stupid idea was withdrawn by the Obama Administration

“Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms.” from The daily Caller
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But—we’re not rid of them yet. Unfortunately, the DOL will now help teach us about working on a farm and with livestock.

“Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture will work with rural stakeholders – such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the Future Farmers of America, and 4-H – to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices.” Read more:

WONDERFUL!!! The government is going to teach our children how to properly and safely catch a hog. This I’d like to see.

Moreover, the Obama Administration and the DOL can’t possibly know anything about 4-H or FFA or they’d already know that “educational programs” is what these two youth organizations are all about. There is a reason that the 4-H motto is “Learn By Doing” and the FFA motto is “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve”. These organizations TEACH…all the time and with every project!

Remember this in November, folks, otherwise we are doomed to more stupidity.

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