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Keep feds away by being safe on the farm

July 12, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Here in farm country, as elsewhere across the nation, people have their traditions. And they don't like Uncle Sam sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong. This is what led to the demise of proposed Labor Department rules that would have limited the paid jobs youngsters could do on neighbors' and relatives' farms. The Labor Department does not believe children younger than 16 should be operating tractors, etc. But backlash from within the farming community was enough to kill the proposal. The Obama administration says it will no longer try to implement the new rules.



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