"The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is encouraged by the Department’s recognition that the path it was on with this proposal was an affront to millions of family members on farms and ranches across America. Many of them had objected to what the Labor Department was planning to do, and they voiced their concerns to the DOL, as well as to Congress. The withdrawal of the proposal is a victory for common sense.”
• Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst
“The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to withdraw its child labor proposal is welcome news. It defied common sense for DOL to propose restricting young people from working on farms, learning skills and developing a good work ethic.
Soon after the rulemaking was published last September, Farm Bureau asked the DOL to withdraw the rulemaking in its entirety. We were disappointed when officials said in February they would simply re-propose a portion of the rule for public comment. It took a little while, but the DOL finally listened.
Our members stayed on top of this issue, submitting comments, talking to their federal lawmakers, and sharing the message with people in their communities. Even FFA members from across the state were speaking out by saying “let us get our hands dirty.” I have to believe our collective efforts, along with the work of our congressional delegation, helped make a difference.”