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Department of Labor Issues Child Farm Labor Proposed Rules

December 2, 2011

Last September, the Department of Labor submitted its first rewrite of child farm labor laws in 30 years. NMPF joined a coalition, headed by the American Farm Bureau, which sent comments to the Department of Labor addressing many of the concerns farm groups, including National FFA, have with the proposed rules.

Under the rewrite, the new child labor rules would prevent children under 16 from operating power-driven machinery, herding livestock on horseback, or working around breeding cattle. The deadline for comments ended on December 1st. NMPF’s comments to the Department of Labor are available online.