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Statement from Indiana Farm Bureau on

the DOL’s withdrawal of youth labor rule

Farm families won a hard-fought battle on Thursday when the U.S. Department of Labor formally withdrew the proposed rule that would have severely limited young people’s involvement in agriculture. 

“Farm Bureau members should be proud of the influence that they had in this process and the contribution they made to the outcome,” said Megan Ritter, Indiana Farm Bureau national government relations program coordinator. “It is sometimes hard to seethe impact thoughtful and deliberate communication has on legislators and regulators. But involvement in the process really does work and often has a positive outcome for our members.” 

In its official statement,the Department of Labor said the “decision to withdraw this rule – including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ – was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms. Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture will work with rural stakeholders – such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the FFA, and 4-H – to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices.”

Indiana Farm Bureau thanks its members for working to educate the Indiana congressional delegation on this issue and submitting comments to the Department of Labor.  The contribution of Hoosier farmers truly made a difference.


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