U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre announced today that the United States Department of Labor has reversed its decision to implement new rules to raise the allowable age for farm employment in response to calls from McIntyre and others in Congress to halt the new regulation.
"Young North Carolinians have for centuries worked on the farm to help our state provide the nation with food and fiber," said McIntyre. "There is no reasonable justification to limit young Americans ability to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to grow crops in the field or tend to livestock. I am pleased that the Department of Labor has answered my call to halt this harmful regulation from taking place."
McIntyre is a cosponsor of the Preserving America's Family Farms Act (H.R. 4157) which would have prevented the Department of Labor from implementing rules to raise the working age on the farm. The bill would have established the important role that youth labor plays in the American agricultural system in instilling values of hard work and respect for the land.
Additionally, McIntyre wrote to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in December to express his opposition to the rule and to ask for a reconsideration of the decision.
Preventing burdensome regulations on the farm is one of Congressman McIntyre's priorities in Congress and is a pillar of his Vision for Farm and Rural Policy. He is a senior member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.