Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) applauded the withdrawal of a proposed rule (RIN 1235-A06) by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) dealing with youth who work in agricultural vocations.
"The rule was a direct attack on family farmers who teach the values of hard work, responsibility, and respect for our natural resources; so I'm glad this detrimental regulation was withdrawn," exclaimed Landry. "I am proud to have supported the hard-working farmers in Louisiana, and I will continue to do all I can to preserve America's family farms."
"The average farmer is now in his 50s and soon facing retirement," continued Landry. "Before these hard working men and women retire, we need to ensure they have the ability to pass along their knowledge to the next generation. Under this rule, the next generation would have never had a chance to learn from their elders."
Landry, a former sugar cane worker and small business owner, has fought hard for his farming constituents including sending a letter to DOL Secretary Hilda Solis citing his support for youth in agriculture and cosponsoring legislation that would prohibit the proposed rule from being finalized. Landry's efforts have earned the praise of local producers.
"As we fought against the proposed regulation, Louisiana farmers were blessed to have Congressman Landry championing our cause on Capitol Hill," said St. Mary Parish farmer Jessie Breaux. "Congressman Landry completely understands the longstanding tradition of youth working on farms to gain valuable life lessons of hard work, character, and leadership. And Congressman Landry is fully aware of the critical importance youth are to the survival of family farms. We are extremely grateful for Congressman Landry's support."