July 11, 2012
In a June 20, 2012, photo ten-year-old Jacob Mosbacher guides a tractor through a bean field on his grandparents' property near Fults, Ill. Agriculture organizations and federal lawmakers from farm states succeeded last spring in convincing the U.S. Labor Department to drop proposals limiting farm work by children such as Jacob, whose parents say such questions of safety involving kids should be left to parents.
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As he watched his 10-year-old son ease a tractor across a soybean field, Dennis Mosbacher acknowledged the risks of farming. But Mosbacher said the U.S. Labor Department was misguided in its attempts to protect children from farm accidents and he's relieved the agency dropped its plans this spring and has promised not to take up the matter again.