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American Horse Council opposes new child farm labor rules

Reforms to U.S. child labor laws aim to keep young workers safe, but the American Horse Council (AHC) believes that they will be detrimental to the horse industry.


Sadly, I'd say this is too little, too late, and the new rules are a done deal. Here is the response I got from Sen. Mark Udall:

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"Thank you for contacting me about the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed rule to update child farm labor laws. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.
As you know, on September 2, 2011, the DOL issued a proposal to update child labor regulations with the goal of strengthening the safety requirements for young workers employed in the agriculture sector. According to the DOL, the proposed rule aims to update regulations based on recommendations from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and more closely align the rules regulating agricultural employment to other sectors. Any such changes must include common-sense considerations, which is why I was glad to see DOL state that the proposed regulations do not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents.

I share the concern of many Coloradans who are worried that any proposed rule must not unnecessarily limit the ability of young people to participate in agriculture, which in turn nurtures the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Taking into account the importance of encouraging young Americans to work in agriculture, I believe a balance can be struck between ensuring the safety of our children, while also providing opportunities in agricultural careers.
The deadline for submitting comments to the DOL regarding this proposed rule was December 1, 2011. Even though the comment period has officially closed, I encourage you to continue to share your thoughts about this issue, and I will keep your concerns in mind as I continue to ensure federal laws and regulations work for all Coloradans.
I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Coloradans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Colorado and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics. For more information about my positions and to learn how my office can assist you, please visit my website at


Warm regards .."

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