Obama Administration to Ban Farm Chores

A new law from Obama administration Labor Secretary Hilda Solis would make farm chores illegal, even if performed by children on family-owned farms.  Patrick Richardson, for The Daily Caller, writes:

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

To read more of Richardson’s article, click HERE!


11 thoughts on “Obama Administration to Ban Farm Chores

  1. This is the epitome of how Communist our government has gotten. Just like in Communist Russia, the leaders are taking our rights away from us slowly but surely with regards to our own private property and farms. You know what though? I urge every single farmer, 4-H member, FFA member, their supporters, and anyone who still loves America and is willing to stand up for her principles and freedoms. Personally, if I had a farm, I would stick my middle finger right at Hilda Solis and let my kids help out on the farm. Too dangerous? Do these idiots even know what it’s like to be an energetic, playful child anymore?! They are GOING TO GET HURT ANYWAY! Our kids need to learn responsibility, respect, basic Christian values (the Golden rule, respect your parents, don’t speak falsehoods about your neighbors, don’t lie your way out of things, eye for an eye, and STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN!), and of course, a strong work ethic. Without these values, our society will crumble faster than it already is. The only bastions of true American values and ideals seem to remain in the rural areas of our country, and the federal government is trying to quash that, too. Well, as a rural country boy I say DON’T TREAD ON US, OR WE’LL TREAD ON YOU!!

  2. The irony is that Communism never went this far. They still let kids do their chores.

  3. The link says the new regulations would not apply to children working on their family’s farm. Given that, it just seems like the farming child labor laws are just being brought more in line with other industries.

  4. How do you expect to have farmers in the future if they are not trained, hands on in the fields? This administration is totally out of control. Guess those kids of his just sit on their asses, they won’t learn anything that way. Wont know how to cook, clean, bath themselves, etc.

  5. Liberaldude,

    First of all thanks for reading and for your comment. As for your assertion, that’s not true. Note that in both the Daily Caller article and the Department of Labor press release, they are referring to children who are employed on farms. That is why it is addressed by the “Wage and Hour Division.” In other words, while parents who pay their children on their own family farms are exempt from the regulations, the children are prohibited (as the press release later says) from the listed duties as unpaid chores on their family farm. Again, note the specific wording of the press release: “The FLSA also provides a complete exemption for youths employed on farms owned by their parents.”

    If you pay your children (when over 16 or 18, depending on the specific task), you’re good. Expecting them to work because they are part of the family? Not any more.

  6. To all who do not understand,
    This is exactly what Obama and his people want to happen….The end of families that work together as well as play together…Another one of their steps in breaking down of the family unit..Also it is correct when you say that no one in the future will now how to farm unless on the government programs , and that is what they want…..Well as far as my family we will still be apart of FFA… and will fight this bill to the end…I hope America wakes up…..

  7. Once again, another myth put out by the Righties….the corrupt ones in politics.

  8. Communist Obama and his henchmen must go. Freedom loving Americans lets go to the poles in historic numbers and git rid of all communist and their supporters, be their political colors blue or red or other.

  9. PoliticalChick,
    Thank you for reading and for your comment!

    Here is a direct link to the press release from the White House Labor Secretary. If it’s a myth, they started it.

    Additionally, this site is an equal opportunity “basher” of both political parties and any policy that violates the Constitution and civil liberties (Statism).

  10. People should read the proposed rule changes, not conveniently slanted summaries put out by political hacks of any stripe. Kids employed on farms operated by their parents or persons “standing in the place of parents,” such as other family members, are exempt; kids doing chores for no pay, whether for family members or FOR ANYONE ELSE, are exempt because the FLSA and connected regulations only apply to employee/employer relationships. The grain silos, stockyards, and other places that are included in the proposal are only those operated by persons outside the family. The proposal is long, tedious reading, and filled with history and rationales–but it has nothing whatsoever to do with Obama trying to stop kids doing farm chores. Nor could it–as the proposed rule changes repeatedly point out, all that is covered by statute and cannot be changed by regulation.

  11. Battling Bob,
    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I do appreciate it. As for your comment, I believe I have already answered this in the comments above yours (particularly to “LiberalDude”). However, it should be said that the words politicians use are carefully chosen, so we must pay careful attention to them. The regulations proposed by the Labor Secretary are, as you said, “long” and “tedious” and I believe that is intentionally so. If we do not catch the wording of them, we can often miss the entire point. The exemptions that are given to family-owned farms only applies if the children are “employed” at their family’s farm. The word “employed” is specifically used and is the only word used in regard to the exemptions. In other words, children who are not “employed” are not exempt from the regulations.

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