Victory for farm families

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This Week in Louisiana Agriculture's A.J. Sabine tells us why the withdrawal of a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule is being called a victory by family-run farm operations.



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Maxine    
SD  |  May, 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM

That's an interesting video, but I fear it could be used against us. The kids working are obviously very young, competent though they may be. The boy pushing the pike into the grain, or whatever in the trailer appears at risk of falling into the running wagon due to his height and the fact of a childs weight being disproportionately at the top of the body (Head and shoulders and chest being heavier than hips and legs) if the trailer encountered a pothole or big lump on the trail not observed by that short driver. The boy wearing a western hat is a good thing, skin cancer being a serious problem of fair haired young farmers, in my family's experience. I worry over the 'partnership' with that government agency to 'train' our youngsters via 4-H, FFA and other systems. Given government agency head proclivities, that 'trainint' will be very heavy on government control, and probably not very effective in really helping assure the type of learning necessary for the family farm. We need ag parents to be strongly involved in decisions regarding these programs. Where are the statistics on changes in accident rates for children on farm jobs over the years? That should have been the basis for any proposals for rules, and it has never been shown. One serious injury is too many, but I believe attention drawn to the safety of farm kids has helped cut such accidents. I also believe separation of play or sports injuries and worse, should be separated from true work related accidents.


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