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    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.

    The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families? land.

    Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work ?in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.?

    ?Prohibited places of employment,? a Department press release read, ?would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.?

    The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government?s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.
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    This is one of the laws being proposed that really makes me want to pull my hair out. I grew up in a farming area and we are currently in the process of listing our house so we can build on some acreage where we can have a self sustaining farm. One of the major reasons we are doing this is to encourage the work ethic that is prevalent in children that are raised on farms. Our girls are raising 4h animals this year and already their responsibility level has grown exponentially.

    I know there are risks involved in farming, especially commercial farming, but the benefits that these kids get outweigh the risk factor in my opinion
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    Something similar is going on up here in Canada right now. But my understanding is that after a lot of backlash they have exempted farm kids when they are working on their own families farm. So they wouldn't be able to work in the counties grain elevator, or at a livestock auction in town, but they can still drive a tractor on their own land, or land leased by their families. This seems like a good compromise to me.
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    It seems crazy to me. Children have been working on farms all throughout history. I believe that it is good for them to learn responsibility and how things work. The exception being if the children worked an excessive amount with no education or free time. That is something that would be investigated by CPS on a case by case situation though and not a blanket law for everyone.

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    I like the Canadian compromise. I think it's ridiculous to try to take a parent's right to decide whether their child is mature enough to handle the safety issues associated with farming.

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    I do not like the compromise, what about the community out harvesting the neighbors crops? The Amish should be super upset about this issue I would think.
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    I have no problem with a child working on a family farm, although I'm not sure I agree with Lisa's assertion that farm life = good work ethics. Many of us developed good work ethics without forced manual labor, and many of the slackers that I know IRL grew up on farms. I do have big problems with kids working when they shouldn't be, in places they shouldn't be, and doing things they shouldn't be doing, so I'm inclined to agree with many of those limitations. I think the Canadians probably found a good middle ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    I do not like the compromise, what about the community out harvesting the neighbors crops? The Amish should be super upset about this issue I would think.
    I say the adults can work together and leave the kids to be kids. Kids shouldn't be around the big harvesting machinery anyway.
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    I think all kids deserve to be protected. If they wouldn't be allowed to use it while working for a private employer they should not be allowed to use it while working on the family farm. Just because you are family and/or running a farm does not make you exempt from other laws.

    And yes, let the kids be kids.
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    I disagree with the "let kids be kids" thing.

    Then again, maybe I am picturing a different sort of "kid" than you are as an ideal when I picture todays modern norm of "kid".

    Can you describe the sort of "kid" ~ that you want to let be?

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