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Website gives insight to child labor laws for farm work

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Producers should keep child safety in mind, especially when it comes to farm equipment.
Producers should keep child safety in mind, especially when it comes to farm equipment.

In a tradition that may be as old as the profession itself, many children may help around a farm as adults get out their harvesting equipment in order to get crops out of the ground.

However, producers should make sure they are following labor laws when they have their children doing farm work. A recent story from Colorado's Fort Morgan Times noted that the U.S. Department of Labor has made labor laws for children on farms available online.

Furthermore, the paper noted that Colorado has its own set of rules regarding child labor on a farm. For example, the state has an age minimum of 12 when it comes to agricultural work that is done during the hours children are not in school. In order to do farm work during school hours, children must be at least 16 years old.

"Kids who are 14 and 15 can work before or after school, but there are certain jobs they cannot do, mainly centered around dangerous machinery," the paper noted.

When it comes to children on the farm, experts have suggested that producers should make sure they take the proper precautions. For example, children should not ride on farm equipment. Furthermore, farmers and ranchers should make sure they know where children are working.
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