Obama’s Outrageous DOL Rules Will Restrict Minors From Working on Family Farms – Killing Farm Life As We Know It

Barack Obama is committed to killing off the family farm – an American tradition.

For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm.
Those days are over.

Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms.

Senator Thune spoke out against the Obama Administration’s proposed labor rules for youth who work on farms and ranches on the Senate floor.

The Obama Administration’s rules are so strict they would restrict minors from handling most animals and even from using battery-powered screwdrivers.

Last year, DOL Secretary Hilda Solis proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being near certain age animals without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating and hoof trimming, and handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes; operating farm machinery over 20 PTO horsepower; completing tasks at elevations over six feet high; and working at stockyards and grain and feed facilities. The language of the proposed rule is so specific it would even ban youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose.

“The Department of Labor has proposed 85 pages of unreasonable and overreaching rules that would unnecessarily restrict the participation of young people in agriculture related activities,” said Thune. “Family farms and farming communities teach young people responsible work ethics and these proposed rules would change that by severely limiting the commonplace activities in which young people can learn about agriculture. This is another example of the Obama administration initiating unsolicited regulations that would prohibit normal practices that have been carried out in rural areas for generations—not to mention limiting a desperately needed workforce to replace the current generation of farmers whose average age is nearing 60 years old.”

“There is no better example of the vast overreach of government into the everyday lives of Americans than the Department of Labor’s proposed rule to regulate young people working on farms and ranches,” Sen. Moran said. “For generations, the contributions of young people have helped family farm and ranch operations survive and prosper. If this proposal goes into effect, not only will the shrinking rural workforce be further reduced, and our nation’s youth be deprived of valuable career training opportunities, but a way of life will begin to disappear. This proposal should alarm more than just rural America. If the federal government can regulate the relationship between parents and their children on their own family’s farm, there is virtually nothing off limits when it comes to government intrusion into our lives.”

In December of last year, Thune and Moran and 28 of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to Secretary Solis requesting that the proposed rule be withdrawn and outlined numerous concerns. As of today, DOL has not responded to the bipartisan letter.

More… EBL added:

Do you think this is mere incompetence by Team Obama? Who benefits? Corporate agribusiness tied in with the Dept of Agriculture. Hiring lots of migrant labor. Tied in with the Democratic Party. And it undercuts rural Americans who are hostile to the Democratic Party agenda. And it hurts the GOP. This is absolutely intentional.

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  • doc

    These bureaucrats need to be ignored along with their stupid rules. As the owner of a family farm, I dare, that’s right, I dare these ass holes to set foot on my farm without a search warrant …I just might need to turn my tractor around where they park their government ride…oops, didn’t see ya!

  • KornKing

    Anyone remember? The United States Government versus one Ford Tractor
    Perhaps Senator Thune could call on his esteemed colleague, Senator Franken of MN to offer his assistance.(aka Senator Dikhed from Minnesota)

    Sympathies to Sen. Thune on the recent passing of his mother.

  • injunjoe

    wow, i put up hay, shod horses, and vaccinated cows. not to mention the typical calving exam… the arm length gloves etc… all from the time i was 10. who are these bureaucrats think they are? they don’t know a thing about what they are trying to regulate from their ivory towers. a prime example why these losers need to be thrown out of office…

  • katy

    Why the hell are we allowing ourselves to be help hostage by a gov organization that was created out of thin air?


    All of them! Why the HELL can’t our Congress defund them? Stop them. Shut them down.

    I am so tired of being having to pay people to choke me to death…. WTF!!!!!!!

  • Highlander

    Does this surprise ANYONE? I hope not ….

  • therese

    Every Day they try to take more and more of our freedoms away. I swear this Administration literally makes me sick to my stomach…
    FYI Folks You can start VOTING ABSENTEE SEPTEMBER 25 (42 days prior to Nov. election)

  • Lily

    This is outrageous! My dad and his sisters grew up on a farm in Texas. Everybody pitched in.

    I am sick to death of these silly Washington regulators. Idiots.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com EBL

    Do you think this is mere incompetence by Team Obama? Who benefits? Corporate agribusiness tied in with the Dept of Agriculture. Hiring lots of migrant labor. Tied in with the Democratic Party. And it undercuts rural Americans who are hostile to the Democratic Party agenda. And it hurts the GOP. This is absolutely intentional.

  • MilitantCatholic

    It’s not enough to just defeat Obama this fall. But on top of that, all this Liberal bullsh1t has to be rolled back. Republicans have to go line by line over thousands of ridiculous regulations and remove them. Then close a bunch of departments. Then fire a lot of government workers. Then we have to replace the Liberal mold and mildew that has been growing for decades in our government with Conservatives.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Put up NO TRESPASSING signs around the property perimeter. If DOL people try to set foot on the property without any kind of court-ordered authority to do so, pull out the twelve gauge and tell ’em to be on their way or they’ll taste the buckshot.

  • Multitude


    Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis joined the Rush Limbaugh controversy today by using gay community pornographic references to the setting of a man’s testicles into another individuals mouth to refer to her political opponents. Calling those critical of her policies “teabaggers,” Solis added fuel to the fire over the question of whether sexual innuendo and disparaging sexual references is appropriate in the discussion of political opponents.

    Calls for Solis’s resignation were not yet forthcoming, as Republican Senate and House leadership was quick to defend the merits of bipartisanship.

    “While private individuals like Rush Limbaugh who are criticizing our sacred government should be held to account, I think we should give Secretary Holis the benefit of the doubt as I’m rather certain there is another interpretation that could be provided,” said Senator John McCain (R Arizona). “I often heard my esteemed colleague Representative Barney Frank use the term to refer to some of his dearest friends and my wonderful daughter Meghan explains that it is an act of endearment that many of her men friends employ as a sign of respect for her remarkable intelligence.”

    (more after link)


  • Carbon Pootprint

    Jimmy Carter had Tractorcade protest, seems only fair (and we know how the lying a-hole in the WH loves fair) his 2nd term should have one too bahahahahah

  • AnnaS

    It makes me crazy to read this. Crazy, because it seems that there is nothing we can do about it. Obama and his thugs just make any rules and any departments and place any folks in charge over us and nothing can be done. I assume nothing can be done as NO ONE does anything but decry the situation!! Just wait until their appointed committee tells us we must just go ahead and die when we are older!

  • Mona

    The world is turning upside down before our eyes. Obeyme is beyond despicable.

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  • Rock

    How else are they going to drive the farmers off their land, then give it to the entitlement whores as a reward for voting for them.

  • ExExZonie

    I look forward to Victor Davis Hanson’s discussion of this overreach into farming. Who does this help? Corporate farming – ADM, Con-Agra etc. Only crooks and liars are in the Obama admin.

  • Mama Grizzly

    The O-beast is just trying to shut down the family farms ON PURPOSE so he can control our food supply.

    Control information/media/speech.
    Control medicine.
    Control manufacturing and production.
    Control banks/economy.
    Control guns.
    Control the military.
    Control travel.
    Control food.

    This is what dictators do. They MUST do this to maintain control.

  • Patty

    This was purpose sometime ago and I thought then like I do now. Why? The kids are too young to work and could get hurt.

    The battery screwdriver and some animals, what are they afraid of they will use a screwdriver on animals or the batteries. What the heck!

    Now, this government has no respect for Parents and no respect for the Farmers. Apparently, they think they are dumber than hogs. This is communism the heck with socialism, this government is under not just radical communists but restricting our freedom. What happen before this administration that would make this one believe they can take our kids pleasure and that of community participation at the 4H club.

    What exactly has been nibbling at their liberal brain. There are actually less restrictions on the illegals. What about telling them they just can’t plain work period, until they get legal.

    “There is no better example of the vast overreach of government into the everyday lives of Americans


    Here is who gains. They are scared to death that someone will need a doctor. The less we eat, no smoking, less drilling and coal as this will cause asthma, less salt in restaurants as this will cause high blood pressure. Less talking on cell phones as this will cause tumors, less babies and more abortions as this will cause over population.

    This is the plan all along.

  • Mama Grizzly

    It’s an effing formula, people.

    This has NOTHING to do with kids working on the farm. That’s just an excuse to put the control of agriculture into the hands of government so food can be held hostage.