The U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn its proposed rules to limit teenagers in helping on farms. The agency said it proposed the rules for safety reasons.
Teenagers and even preteenagers have helped on family farms since the nation was founded. They learn a work ethic that stays with most of them for life. To deny these teens the opportunities to work on the family farm made no sense at all. The proposed rules must have been written by someone with no knowledge of rural life and what can be learned by doing farm chores.
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