Michigan farmers urged to protest federal rules proposal banning children from some farm work
Joseph Tobianski I AnnArbor.com
Michigan farmers are protesting proposed federal regulations that would limit the amount of work children under 16 years old can perform on the farm, according to a report by the Grand Rapids Press.
Members of the Michigan Farm Bureau, gathered at an annual meeting in Grand Rapids, were urged to use computer stations to send comments to the U.S. Department of Labor voicing opposition to regulations that would "ban children under 16 from performing tasks such as working with livestock, stacking hay bales more than 6 feet and climbing ladders more than 6 feet," the Press reported.
"The sad part of this is ... grandkids could no longer work for or be with us older folks," Bureau President Wayne H. Wood told members, according to the Press. "Most of us developed our work ethic and learned life's hard lessons by working on a farm ... It teaches that there is no free ride. You must work."