Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor's decision to withdraw its proposed rules to limit teenagers ability to help on farms:
"I was proud to stand with farm families across Missouri and the Missouri Farm Bureau in opposing these rules, and I'm pleased that the U.S. Department of Labor is withdrawing its proposal. The withdrawal of these rules restores common sense for farm families across Missouri. Baling hay and doing chores are rites of passage for many young people on farms here in the heartland. Helping on the farm is how young people learn responsibility, dependability and the value of hard work. Today's action ensures that those traditions will continue."