It is bad enough that the teenage unemployment rate is the highest among the age groups. But according to the Daily Caller, the Depar
tment of Labor has proposed regulations that will essentially destroy a generation of potential future farmers. The proposed new rules would prohibit children under the age of 18 from performing most farm chores – that is, anything involving the storing, marketing and transport of raw farm materials.
After an outcry from rural
families and their legislators, the rules were revised to excempt families employing their own children. But the rules would still affect programs such as 4-H and FFA, which would have their certification approvals revoked by the government.
The reason for this nonsensical nanny-ism? Safety. Children employed in agricultural jobs are more likely to be injured than those in non-agricultural jobs, but according to a Department of Agriculture study, the rate of injury per 1,000 farms fell 40 percent over eight years. Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control, while unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 19, the majority of these injuries are caused by auto or accidents or pedestrian and bicycle-related accidents.
So which is safer – selling a cow at a livestock auction or driving down a busy urban highway to get to a job at a fast food restaurant? Evidently, as the DOL sees it, the livestock auction is fraught with danger…the I-405 interchange in Los Angeles? Not so much.