Hello everyone. Happy spring! Can you believe it is here already. Again I apologize for my long pause in posting. The Fresno Food Expo was a great event and has kept me busy. As well as the start up of our non-homoginized Chocolate Milk…but more of that to come.
In the mean time I have been hearing word of this bill. (Below is an excerpt and link to full article).
It basically states that your kids can not work on your farm! Granted they say they can work on the ” family ” farm.
As with most frivolous bills like this there are loop holes that could get you in trouble ( ie What if it is a family corporation? )
How ridiculous is this? Does the government really want to run all aspects of all our lives? This could be the tip of the iceburg. What is next? Besides… the skills taught on our farms to our children last a lifetime. Imagine the work ethics that could be lost. Lord knows that so many of our young do not develop this important trait. Do they want farm kids sitting around on their computers like so many other kids that do not have the opportunity to have a job on a farm?
Lets not forget the wonderful memories that could be stolen from children. Some of my happiest memories were of working outside with my family. One very dear memory is when I was about 4 years old and my Dad would put me in the milk tank to help him clean it. I would slip and slide and he would just praise me and my small hands! I felt like I worked with steel wool as soon as I walked!
I think that our government has bigger problems to deal with. They need to fix themselves before they try to fix what isn’t broken!
Dairy Herd Network
If the federal government, in this case the Department of Labor, can regulate the relationship between parents and their own children working on their own farms, what is off-limits for the federal government to be involved in?’ he asked.
Officials from the Department of Agriculture point out that the regulations will not apply to children who work for their parents. Yet, questions remain as to whom the children work for in the case of farm corporations and farm partnerships, and the Department of Labor announced last month that it would re-visit the “parental exemption” clause in those cases.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has acknowledged that farm work is an American tradition “and it teaches kids lessons that last a lifetime.