Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) announced that a proposed regulation from the Department of Labor that would have prohibited anyone under the age of 16 from working on a farm or participating in important agricultural youth programs such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America, has been withdrawn. After learning about the damage this regulation would do to thousands of farmers, especially family owned farms, in New York State, Buerkle took action to lead the fight against the proposed regulation.
Rep. Buerkle sent a letter, which was signed by five other Upstate New York Members, to Hilda Solis, Secretary of the Department of Labor. In the letter, Buerkle warned the Department of Labor of the unintended consequences the regulations would have on farms in New York State and the entire state economy, and called for its repeal.
"News that this proposed regulation has been withdrawn is a win for family farms and agriculture as a whole in New York State. I commend the Department of Labor for withdrawing what would have been another burdensome, harmful regulation on the agricultural community," said Rep. Buerkle.
"In addition, I want to thank my Upstate New York Congressional colleagues for joining me in addressing this important issue. Family farms are a proud tradition in New York State and are essential in training a new generation to carry on the important work of farming. Agriculture is essential to the economic viability of my district and New York State overall. Rest assured that I will continue to work to fight on behalf of the farming community."
Joining Rep. Buerkle in from the New York State Congressional Delegation in signing the letter to Secretary Solis were Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-20), Rep. Richard Hanna, (NY-24), Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19), Rep. Bill Owens (NY-23), and Rep. Tom Reed (NY-29).