DOL to Revisit Farm Labor Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor is going back to the drawing board on its controversial farm labor rule that would have prevented many young people from working on family farms. The department is stopping its plans to implement the new rules and has agreed to open a new dialogue with family farmers on the issue.

Senate Ag Committee chairwoman, Debbie Stabenow, agrees – there should be safeguards to protect children from dangerous situations, but there needs to be an understanding that many children in rural communities learn about safety by helping their family on the farm.

According to the DOL, a new “parental exemption” rule is expected to be proposed this summer. The exemption allows children of any age who are employed by their parent, or a person standing in the place of a parent, to perform any job on a farm owned or operated by their parent or such person standing in the place of a parent. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.