The House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, held a hearing Thursday focused on the future of the family farm and the effect of proposed Department of Labor regulations on small business producers. Chris Chinn, a Missouri hog farmer testifying on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation, told the subcommittee – young people and the contributions they make as members of farm and ranch families are vital to American agriculture.
Chinn said proposed the regulations – could significantly limit the jobs their children, aged 14 and 10, could do on their own farm, and especially their grandparents’ farm. The regulations – strip away the ability of youth to work in agriculture, and the desire and goal of parents to pass on to our children the traditions and values we hold.
Responding to the DOL announcement it would re-propose the “parental exemption”, chin said – it is clear to all of us in the agricultural community that merely ‘tweaking’ the rule will not fix something that we believe is fundamentally flawed. Chinn said there was clearly a lack of appreciation and grasp in the proposed regulations of – what it is like to live in rural America.