Department of Labor Pulls the Proposed Child Labor Regulations

farm kid working with a young pigTonight I received some news that made my day!  The kids and I were taking care of our cattle when I glanced down at my phone because I had a message.   I had to do a double take when I read the note from a friend that read, “DOL heard us, they are dropping child labor regs!”  I couldn’t believe my eyes!  At first I thought it was a typo but when I opened up the link she sent and read this news release from the American Farm Bureau, I knew it was for real!

When I shared the good news with the kids, Rachelle was just as shocked as I was.  The first words out of her mouth were “You mean I won’t be in trouble now for working with you and dad on the farm?”  When I told her that was exactly what this news meant she screamed, “YES!  I can work with my heifer now and not get you in trouble with DOL!”

Conner was Mr. Cool about the news, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, “I knew they would figure it out!”  He made both Rachelle and I laugh.

This news wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the work of so many people.   Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and others in Congress, THANK YOU for supporting our family farm and the future of our children.  And a big thank you to all of the farmers and ranchers who took the time to make phone calls, write letters and blog about the impact this proposed rule would have on family farms and ranches all over the USA.   My children’s future to farm looks brighter tonight because we took the time to voice our concerns.  It just goes to show one person can make a difference.  THANKS to everyone who helped make a difference!

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