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Government trying to Prevent Kids from Working on Farms

Farm work has always played an important role in the lives of rural youth across America. In fact, in most rural areas working on a farm is often a kids first job. From milking cows and feeding livestock to harvesting crops in the summer, children often play a vital role in family farming.

But thanks to some over-zealous bureaucrats in the Obama administration, kids in rural America may soon be barred from performing traditional farm chores. And some in the farming community warn that these new rules, being proposed by various departments in the Obama Administration, could put some family farms in serious danger of failing.

New Federal regulations are being proposed that would bar children under the age of 16 from working on a farms owned by anyone other than their parents. The new regulations are so stringent that it would actually prohibit kids from working on any farm that wasn’t 100% owned by their parents. That means it would actually be illegal to help out on their own grandparents farm, even with their parent’s consent.

Family Farms Are not Immune.

The Department of Transportation is actually going right after Family Farmers. Their new rules would prohibit children under 16 from operating tractors, four-wheelers, riding mowers and other machinery, even on family farms. While some lawmakers seem to think these activities sound dangerous, what they fail to recognize is that farm work for these kids is not just work — it’s a way of life.

Many of them have grown up on these farms and play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of family farming. Without the ability to help their families, many of these farms will not be able to continue operating.

We have lost our understanding of rural life in this country, and if these new laws are allowed to take effect it will be a serious blow to everyone in the traditional farming community.

32 Comments on Government trying to Prevent Kids from Working on Farms

  1. Youngprepper

    Try and stop me. Not all family is blood, and I’ll be damned if I let anyone stop me from helping anyone I consider family.

    • Dalton

      The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed new child labor regulations applicable to agriculture.

      Let’s review this proposal as it is written.

      The new regulations that will affect the agriculture industry will replace the latest regulations as set by the “Child Labor Requirements In Agricultural Occupations” under the “Fair Labor Standards Act (2007)”.

      The rule changes to this Act, establishes a minimum age of 18 for hazardous work in nonagricultural employment and 16 in agricultural employment.

      ***The Act also provides a complete exemption from these rules for a youth who is employed on a farm owned by his or her parent.


  2. patricia

    just another way the democrats are killing the families.seems they are trying to ruin love & marriage. It won’t be as easy to kill farmng families. we are a tough bunch. i remember working on my grandfathers farm with the cows.i loved it and didn’t do it for pay, but because i liked the work and my grandfather.

  3. skylive

    I grew up helping my grandfather on his farm and it gave me great experience and helped me develop good values. To many kids these days have no clue what hard work is. I am 23 years old and people are constantly telling me that I don’ act my age and they rely on me because they know i grewup working on a farm. i think that is an integral part of growing up, and wish more kids were brought up like that. Yes it could be dangerous, but it teaches you to respect safety and to use your head. What is wrong with that?

  4. old soldier

    I agree with everything in the article. Doing farm work does teach great values and builds character. No, I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I belonged to 4H and tried to help out on a friend’s farm every chance I got while in high school. The thing is Dept of Transportaton can put alot of hurting on a farmer. For one thing, bar the tractor from being on the highway, plus throw in a few fines, heavy ones as well. Ask any trucker what DOT can do when you violate their regulations. The answer will most likely be alot. What I’m trying to say is take this article seriously.

  5. Early Riser

    This is just so ludicrous! When I was just a little thing, around 5 or so, I helped my Great Aunt and Uncle feed the chickens on their chicken farm. I also helped milk the cows, churn butter, collect the eggs – but that was at about age 10. There is NOTHING WRONG with helping your family out on the family farm, and I agree that it not only builds character and respect for your elders, but gives you growing tools and great work ethics. That ruling is beyond stupid!

  6. Good ol boy

    Agenda 21.
    I Was operating the tractor when I was 12. These bastards are out to destroy the family farm and our lifestyle.

    • el chingon

      just tell kids to work under the table, or pull a mexican. work anyway hidden amoungst the immigrant workers, to blend in with them.

  7. SonOfSam

    These imbeciles can’t do a damn thing to HELP people in this country! They can’t stop gas prices from spiking up, ( ditto for food prices!), they can’t stop house values from falling off a cliff, they can’t help people who haven’t worked in years and have run out of unemployment. But they can butt their big fat noses in where they don’t belong: they think can tell us what kind of light bulbs we can use, what ingredients go into our dishwasher detergent, and what kind of food we can pack for our children’s school lunches. And now they’re going to tell people how to run their farms…. yeah, RIGHT!

    Don’t go away mad, ObamaNazi slime, just GO AWAY

    • el chingon

      this bill wont stop people from working under the table either, if i was working in my preteens picking produce and oranges with immigrant workers i didnt give a rats ass about the feds and, i figure if they can make money even better and it is there choice kids would be jealous of those hard working kids whom want to buy cool things lol

  8. el chingon

    Wow, totally messed up i recall my grandfather having me work on his farm in Mexico, in central california and, in guadalupe california. if it wasnt for him i wouldnt have no respect or values.. i really dont care for the Obama adminstration now! farms also make good punishment when children misbehave, I also recall working on a farm in my preteens while i attended school and, during my teens i worked with immigrant workers earning a dollar before summer was over. i liked the cash flow without a stupid work permit and, working under the table earned myself a lil money. the Feds should tell this to mexican kids they wont listen, laugh and they would gladly show off the rolls of dollar bills they earn in two to three months. Kids should work if they want to have spare money while the go to school. once again just means we have pussy democrats whom are just as lazy as mayates

  9. ME

    OK. First and foremost – I am all about kids working, and even more so about farming and all family members assisting with it. The act of acquiring ones own food source is a major constituent in the physical/spiritual/emotional downfall of humanity.

    One thing that just popped into my mind though – how many kids are poisoned, immediately, or later in life, by all the damn chemicals used in agriculture today? Remember, this is not a bill about home gardening – its about mass agriculture. And no – no child (or adult imo) should work near toxic chemicals (why we insist on spreading toxic chemicals on our food supply is beyond me, but that is a whole other ball game.

    Just a thought … even if I do not agree with the bill itself

    • Eric Ditmer

      Farmers raise more then crops on their farms, they raise their children as well. The government thinks they love our children more then we do, and maybe you do a little as well….don’t wring your hands about me putting my child at risk….I don’t and no one I know does either.

      It is unfortunate that when you think agriculture toxic chemicals “pops” into your mind. You can do a little more research at what happens when herbicides and insecticides are not available for use. These “tools” are expensive and not taken lightly.

      Don’t just trust a farmer…get to know one and learn first hand what we do. You might be impressed. I Thank You for not supporting this Bill, It will fail.

    • irris01

      I grew up on a farm and I can tell you my Father never let us kids around any of the fertilizers or any chemicals. The government makes farmers take classes to use those sorts of things.
      I loved my childhood, those who would vote on this have no idea how we live and are just jelous that I grew up with a pet cow and all they had was a stupid rodent.

    • cameowalkin

      A 14 yo boy (the son of a family friend) just died in his mothers arms a few days ago, riddled with tumors from GMO’d foods and fracked water. If the government was serious about the health of citizens (children and adults alike), it wouldn’t PERMIT FRACKING near our waters, nor GMO’d crops to be cultivated and sold for consumption by animals and people.

      This is a communist takeover; a land grab; a coup by lies. Isn’t that clear yet? Fight back!!

  10. Xed

    I’d like to see a government official TRY to stop someone from doing something on their own property…..In TN we have the castle law, anyone approaches us on our land, regardless of who they have a badge for,will be shot, hard to see a badge when they are 6 acres away from me on a 1200 acre farm.

  11. BIO

    The same as we do not have to take weapons all we have to do is fix the ammo buying.The big picture is growing daily.

  12. kloathis

    You do realize that this is in fact an attempt to shut the family farm down so all our food sources are controlled by commercial entities. They do not want privately owned farms, or should I say the Corporate States of America doesn’t want family farms.

  13. Holly Ann

    Here in Western Canada, a kid from Saskatchewan will ALWAYS get hired because there is a great likelihood that he/she grew up on a farm and has the work ethic that employers desire … simple as that! It is obvious what is REALLY happening. The pirates are after the valuable land and resources that give us some measure of self-reliance! NASTARDS!

  14. Killer

    My family is a 5th generation farming family. My roots can be traced back to before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We have always been farmers. The laws they are making now are just so frivolous its hard to accept them. I live my life how I think it should be lived. I don’t harm anyone else. They can make whatever laws they want, sensible people will just not follow them anymore.

  15. Mike

    Liberal media, Liberal Democrats (demoncrats), think they have the right to force their ideas on all of us, they have totally quit going by our constitution, this president has over stepped the law on more than one occasion and wants us to believe they know better than us. Even now we the people are at war with our on gov. for our right to make our own choices right or wrong. I will say this, get ready for big brother for he carries a big stick and the world health organization will be his backup plan to take this country and turn it upside down…Its time we the people start planning for how we fight back….

  16. Denny

    Damn what are they gonna do next. They scream about how many folks in this country are over wieght and have no will to work for what they want or need. The ones who are brought up to work for what they need in life and OMG are healthy and fit are the ones they are going after now. If more poeple would get up and even mow their own grass instead of sitting in front of a video game we would have less over wieght people in this country. Leave the counrty folks alone and worry about something more important!

  17. DanielC

    When our current government finally burns in hell, then justice will be done. I do not wish this on anyone, but they will never change from their hateful, self centered, inhumane ways. Obama is a man full of hate for this country, and everything that is Godly. I feel sorry for him and his sheeple. Wake up, the future in this country is bleek. Call me a conspiracy nut if you want, but I now know, FEMA camps are real, chem trials are real, paving the way to a one world government and total control of society is an agenda that has almost become reality. I feel for our children.

    • Kelcey

      Skip to the end of THE BOOK. You know, the GOOD one.

      All there, laid out, clear as crystal.

      One might even say it is a “vision” of things to come.

      BTW, the GOOD part about sloping to the end of the Book?

      I know the Good Guy wins.


  18. Kelcey


    Sorry, this phone is my defacto computer…… I promise better editing in the future.

  19. Rich C

    Although I was never a farmer, I grew up in a farming community. Most of the people I knew worked on family farms, and it never caused them any harm. I would prefer that the government stay out of this particular issue. A couple of points though, on other people’s comments. SonOfSam, do you realize that Nazism is a far RIGHT WING form of government, not left wing? Calling Obama a Nazi is like calling North Korea a democracy. Someone else complained about the Democratic Party always wanting to impose their beliefs on people. Let’s be fair… both parties do that all the time, just about different things. Libertarians are the only party that doesn’t try to control the lives of other people.

  20. ashley

    Ok seriously here i mean i work on my grandfathers farm sometimes, not for money, and now this summer i am actually getting a job on our neighbors farm so i can making money plus where i live if your in high school or younger the only job you can get is working on a farm plus with how prices are on well everything the sooner you start making and saving money th better

  21. Julie

    Don’t take this out on the Democrats! Yes, it’s a complicated topic, because of course we would be hopping mad if a young kid got hurt, but yes, we want young kids to work and it’s critical to their moral, emotional and physical development. BUT, to use this (possibly misguided) effort as a reason to cast aside the Democrats, would be a mistake. With Republicans in charge, who will advocate for protections of any sort? Who will protect your 401K, or help you make a realistic wage, or put your out-of-work 25 year old child on your health care? Who will advocate for the future of our very existence on this planet? When you think about who to vote for, think about who stands for long-term sustainability, and who stands for short-term profits. Advocate for individual bills as you see fit, but don’t discard the Democrats who are trying to keep our system and our planet alive in the face of intense pressure to obstruct and pollute.

    • Xerxan

      Yes because the Democrats have our best intrests in mind when they ruin things, and the Republicans are not any better.

      I’m actually getting tired of the same old debates of Dem vs Rep It’s stupid. Our founding fathers did not have parties, George Washington was neither a republican nor a democrate, he was also not a libertarian, green party, liberal or any of the other stupid parties that have sprung up over the years. He was an American Colonist that wanted freedom from oppression, and he did not want the job of President either. He took it because someone had to. Why do we need to choose between these two political parties? Why should we care what these patries have to say? When I cast my vote, I vote for the American and this year I’m voting for Ron Paul, you all should too.

      Sorry to attach this rant to your post Julie, but I have some qualms with your statement that I would like to address, the first of which is this: “Who will protect your 401K, or help you make a realistic wage, or put your out-of-work 25 year old child on your health care?”
      One, you want a retirement plan? Take Dave Ramsey’s course Financial Peace University and do it yourself. Second, if your 25 year old kid is still living at home and unemployed, kick his butt out the blasted door, he’s an adult now not a child. If you’re such a bad parent that you couldn’t bother to teach him to stand on his own then you should be kicked in the butt as well.

      I am so tired of everyone crying about the world not helping them, or giving them what they deserve, if you deserved it, you’d get off your tuckus and go out and get it yourself, like your supposed to and like this country’s founders did.

      Day after day we all hear the about the 2 party system and how great it is, America was designd to be a 2 party system it was designed to be a system of people working for the greater good of all the American people. I’ve known very few politicians that could be trusted as far as I could throw them, but there are those that I would vote for because I know what their goals are, and those goals are to help America be a great nation again, instead of being a bully that feels the need to micro manage the rest of the world. Government needs to stay out of the business world, stay away from our families and do it’s job to ensure our safety from outside oppressors. We the people will take care of the rest. National defense, there are plenty of armed civilians that would easily repell any foreign aggressors that were brave (or stupid) enough to set foot on our soil. Illegal immigration? I view that as an invasion of our territory and we should treat them the way the Indians treated the first settlers, meeet them with weapons and death, that’ll stop them from wanting to be here. Yes I am okay with execution as a form of punishment for illegal immigrants, I am also a fan of deportation of prisoners into an uninhabitad jungle with no provisions, no clothes and no hope of survival, that’ll really lessen the tax payers burden. I know you will all call me a nut job, conspiracy theorist and probably picture me sitting at home in a dark room wearing a dirty bathrobe and a tin foil hat, the truth of the matter is that I’m usually wearing a suit with a concealed pistol and you have no idea who I am. We spend more money helping other countries and feeding the criminals than we do trying to balance our budgets and advocate for people to fend for themselves. I’m tired of it, bring back public executions, bring back weak federal government and strong state governemt and by God bring back the rights of the people to govern themsleves and shoot the electorial college.

      thank you for reading my rant, if I’ve offended anyone’s sensitivities (well, then you don’t belong on this site in the first place) but I’m not sorry.

  22. church

    hell yea….keep them dumb an stupid and depending up on the govt.s welfare system………the youth of this world.. had better learn how to grow plant an raise live stock ..or starve your choice people

  23. Joyce

    I grew up helping my friends on their family ranch and in 4-H. The lessons I learned and the experiences have helped me in many situations. How can you take that away from American young people. If I ever have to go to a nursing home I would much rather have a person who took care of animals take care of me than one that sat on their rear and played video games!

  24. Mike

    I realize that I have never worked on the farm, but my grandparents grew up on their family farms, working since they were able to walk in order to help out the family. This is the way the older generations lived, anyone that survived the great depression knows what it is like to work hard for everything they have with no help from the government. We all need to take some lessons from the past, because if you can’t learn from the past you are doomed to repeat it.

    We are heading into a great financial crisis, an economic disaster of unfortold devastation. Is anyone prepared for that? Are those of you living on welfare or unemployment really prepared to deal with the lack of assistance from others? I know plenty of preppers that will help any who come to them for help, in return for their help in labor of some kind to keep things fair, organized and cicil. If anyone showed up expecting to be helped for no effort, we’d probably toss them out in the cold (other, more zealous people might just shoot them saying the loss of the bullet is worth the air we’d gain). You have to think to the future at all times, live today to the fullest for tomorrow is not promised. Playing video games all day is not living to the fullest, it’s not even really living.

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