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Luetkemeyer opposes rule affecting farm employment of young people

A new farm labor rule proposed by the Obama Administration has prompted opposition from Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, who represents Callaway County in Congress.

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Luetkemeyer has asked the U.S. Department of Labor to drop its proposed rule that he says could “hamper young Missourians’ ability to consider agriculture-related careers and farm families’ ability to employ youth to work in agriculture.”

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced it wants to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act relating to young workers employed in agriculture.

The new regulations prohibit hiring of farm workers under the age of 16 to operate almost all power-driven farm equipment.

The regulations also prevent hiring of anyone under age 18 to work in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm-product raw materials. Prohibited places of employment would include grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.

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