New Website Allows You to Comment on Department of Labor Youth Labor Rule

Regulations Would Require Sweeping Changes to Farm and Ranch Practices, Increase in Legal Liability to Farm and Ranch Families 

For many, farming and ranching is a family tradition, involving two, three or more generations as well as extended family. But proposed Department of Labor requirements for farm and ranch employers and restrictions on what youth can do on the farm would put that tradition at risk.

The lessons learned on the family farm instill respect for the land and animals, persistence, discipline and hard-work.

A new website, Keep Families Farming (, gives you the chance to have an impact on this rule. The Keep Families Farming website allows you to submit comments that will be used to show the Department of Labor and the White House the importance of the family farm and the way this rule would fundamentally change the way of life in rural America.

Because DOL is no longer accepting public comments, the Keep Families Farming website has been established to support the legislative effort on Capitol Hill, where this issue will almost certainly be voted on this summer. Your messages to the website are a critical component in building support for the effort to protect family farms.


We are asking you to submit your story of life on the farm and ranch by submitting comments through the Keep Families Farming ( website.

Add information specific to your farm and ranch with personal examples to add impact to your comments, such as:

  • As an agricultural producer, I support and provide a safe working environment for my children, young workers and all employees.
  • The Department of Labor rule does not take into account the unique organization of family farms being owned and operated by many members and generations of one family.
  • Farms and ranches provide a unique educational and training experience to learn about horticulture, animal care & welfare, equipment operation, environmental protection among other unique opportunities found exclusively on a farm.
  • Traditional farm activities performed by youth are threatened by this rule.
  • Family members and other workers on the farm are protected by numerous laws and regulations. Parts of this rule represent regulatory over-reach. It does not recognize the unique structure of today’s family farm operations and the traditions that the family farm provides to all workers.

Click here to submit your comments against the DOL Youth Labor Rule. (


About BIFB

The Big Island Farm Bureau (BIFB) is a Multi-County 501c5 Non-Profit Farm Bureau representing agriculture on Hawaii Island. Our mission is to be the "Voice of Agriculture" by promoting, representing & protecting agriculture on Hawaii Island. We are affiliated with the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. We are self supporting through projects, events & our social enterprise project Hawaii AgVentures; Membership fees are not charged for our services/programs.

Posted on March 1, 2012, in Action Alert, AFBF, Government Relations and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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