"Changes to child labor laws hurt farmers."

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by chicken_boy_Kurt, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    A lot of these "calls to action" on government regulations are taken out of context and such, but concerns on this one look legit to me. One major way I made spending money growing up was to help neighbors and relatives put up crops, especially hay and tobacco. This would make that illegal under many conditions. I was doing that a lot earlier than 16.

    I'm not sure how this would affect migrant workers either, especially during the summer months when school is out.

    I'll have to do more research on this one, especially the exemptions, but initially I don't like it. Maybe an exemption for small operations would be in order. This could be a hardship on part-time farners who depend on neighbor's kids occasionally providing muscle during harvest, for example.
  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Don't you just love our government?!?!? Wonderful! They will succeed in producing generations of useless, self-absorbed kids who don't know how to produce anything useful. [​IMG]

  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    "Changes to child labor laws hurt farmers."

    Why can't children hire farmers? I don't see a problem with it. Not when so many people are unemployed. What do I care if Children are hiring farmers?
  4. cupman

    cupman Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR

  5. ChickenAlgebra

    ChickenAlgebra Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
  6. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Crowing

    Jan 12, 2010
    shoot... I was driving my dads JD 70 at 8 yrs old. I drove the tractor, he picked up the hay bales (before we got a kicker). He would not have been able to do alot of the work he did without our help. We didn't have much $ back then, the corn picker was old and missed alot of corn. We (kids) had to pick it up by hand, and hand shuck wagon loads of it. It was hard work! We also fed the calves before school in the morning and when we got home. I learned how to be a good driver, and how to WORK hard. I also learned, construction, roofing, siding and stone work and a bunch of other handy things by WORKING with my dad before I was 16.
  7. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

    Jun 4, 2011
    there will still be exemptions for working on your family farm, just as there are exemptions for working in any family business.
  8. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Songster

    Dec 22, 2010
    I was cutting, turning and bagging hay by hand on my parents farm since I can remember. We did everything by hand and had a little wagon we would put the bagged hay into and drive it 2 miles home. Didn't hurt me one bit.

  9. Children today want "stuff" just as we did when we were young. Since, between the minimum wage laws and the child labor laws it's nearly impossible for them to get a job and make money to buy them is it any wonder that they join gangs and get into legal troubles? [​IMG]

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