Special Report

Labor bill changes could affect youth programs

Proposed modifications to the federal labor regulations regarding youth employment could mean significant changes to the type of work young people can do on the farm.  There has also been concern about how those changes may affect how 4-H and FFA members complete their projects.  Indiana Representative Marlin Stutzman says they are checking into that possibility and says it would be a great disservice if young people lose those experiences.  He says as young people want to learn and develop skills they should have the opportunity to do so.

Stutzman tells Brownfield there is a need for young people to develop those life skills and early opportunities offered through 4-H and FFA.  He says he is hopeful that is the road of thinking that is followed rather than one that would limit young people in the opportunities they may have.

The comment period on the proposed legislation ends November 1st.

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