Peterson applauds DOL decision to withdraw child farm labor rule

Apr 27, 2012


(WASHINGTON DC) – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson applauded the U.S. Department of Labor for withdrawing a controversial proposed rule on children who work in agriculture.

"This proposed rule didn't make a lot of sense and seemed to be put together by people who don't understand agriculture," Peterson said. "The decision to withdraw  it was the right one, after thousands of farm families responded with concerns, after several Democrats and I signed on to a bill to block it, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack worked to ensure that farmers' voices were heard.  I'm glad that the department will work with farm organizations, like 4-H and FFA,  to develop stronger  education programs that will help keep our kids safe on the farm, and will help grow the next generation of young farmers."