Nebraska FFA Members Lend a Hand to Effort to Stop Child Labor Reg
Omaha--At last week’s Nebraska FFA Convention, 560 FFA members joined Nebraska Farm Bureau in opposing the U.S. Labor Department’s plan to restrict the types of farm work that young people can do. They signed their names and wrote notes to DOL on paper hands that echo NEFB’s campaign theme: “Let Me Get My Hands Dirty.” NEFB will send all of the messages to DOL.
Under a rule proposed last year and now being finalized by DOL, no one under the age of 16 would be allowed to work on a farm that isn’t owned by his or her parents, and many routine farm tasks would be off-limits. The regulation created an uproar in farm country, where it was seen as an attack on the way farm families work—training kids on how to do farm tasks properly and safely, so that they can one day take over the farm or ranch.
“This proposed rule is unbelievably restrictive and it will prevent young people from being able to get their hands dirty on farms and ranches across the state,” said Steve Nelson, NEFB president. “FFA students would not even be allowed to follow their own motto, ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.’”