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Govt backs off new limits on child labor on farms

sam allen Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 10:56 AM
I was working with friends on the farm at about 13-14. My first full time job was driving tractor during the summer when I was 16. My brother-in-law started working almost full time on the farm when he was 13. By 20 he was buying his own farm. We all survived and learned from our experiences.

Under heavy pressure from farm groups, the Obama administration said Thursday it would drop an unpopular plan to prevent children from doing hazardous work on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.

The Labor Department said it is withdrawing proposed rules that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards.

While labor officials said their goal was to reduce the fatality rate for child farm workers, the proposal had become a popular political target for Republicans who called...

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