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11:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Northwest farmers cheer federal reversal on child labor rules

Don Beck is a hay and cattle farmer outside of Post Falls, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:04 pm

Northwest farm groups are cheering a federal decision this week to dump proposed child labor rules. The Department of Labor decided to withdraw the plan after it received thousands of comments opposing the change. But child safety advocates say the fierce opposition was based on faulty information.

Politicians from farm and ranch country called the regulations an attack on family farms, going as far to say the rules could outlaw chores and 4-H for farm kids.

However, the regulations specifically exempted children working on farms owned or operated by their parents.

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