Although the U.S. Department of Labor withdrew its proposed rule regarding youth in agriculture back in April, Rep. Tom Latham (Iowa) introduced the Preserving America's Family Farm Act (H.R. 4157), which protects against these threats by preserving the ability of youth to gain training and education by working on the farm. The measure passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote on July 24.
Farm groups say the news is a victory for the agricultural sector since the administration's proposed rule could have restricted, and in some instances totally prevented, America's youth from working on family farms and ranches.
H.R. 4157 prohibits the Secretary of Labor from finalizing or enforcing its previously proposed rule, which would have prevented youth from engaging in day-to-day farm and ranch activities. The administration's action to withdraw the rule showcases the importance of farm and ranch families being engaged in decisions being made inside the beltway. This legislation goes a step further and ensures this rule does not resurface in the future.
The legislation was also introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. John Thune (S.D.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.).
Reprinted in part from Northern Ag Network