A bill has been introduced that would block a U.S. Department of Labor proposal that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for young people to access comprehensive on-farm education and employment opportunities. House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas is co-sponsor of H.R. 4157, the Preserving America’s Family Farms Act that was introduced by Representative Tom Latham. The bill blocks DOL from implementing any regulation that would prohibit youth from working on family-owned farms.
Lucas says – during our farm bill field hearings, agricultural producers continued to tell us their concerns about the Department of Labor’s proposal. With all the top-down, stifling regulations coming out of the Obama administration, farmers are justified in their concerns. Mr. Lucas says – now it’s up to the Department of Labor to demonstrate some common-sense and drop it.
The Labor Department has said they will re-propose one part of the regulation, but that will not solve the other burdens this regulation will bring to bear that could ultimately prevent young people from working on farms.
NAFB News Service