Federal rewrite of labor laws causing a flap down on the farm
Sparking outrage across the countryâ€™s rural heartland, the Obama administration is proposing rules to curb the ability of children on farms to engage in â€ścorn sexâ€ť for pay.
Farmers call it corn detasseling, a time-honored but physically demanding chore designed to promote cross-pollination in the field. For decades it has been a way for teens to earn extra spending money â€” and forge some good-natured field hand camaraderie â€” for a few weeks each summer.
The Obama administration is considering revisions to federal agricultural work rules that effectively would bar teens younger than 16 from engaging in a number of traditional chores for pay â€” including detasseling....
Yes, detasseling is a time honored tradition in the state of Nebraska, and the idea of not letting kids earn some spending money this way is just plain wrong, e.g., Detasseling companies to convene at Neb. Capitol. You can dash here though and support detasseling though because that was last Wednesday.
Keeping kids well-watered and an eye on them some is all that is needed, there's no other hazard, well except hard work that is.