A strong work ethic is something that comes from being responsible for chores on the farm. Everyone in the family helps out until the job is done. Where would the family farm be in 15 years if the children of farmers were not allowed to be around the animals, to learn how to care for them or equipment, to learn how each piece works and what it is used for. The years spent helping around the farm help children who want to make agriculture their career, learn about what seeds need to be planted first, how to tell if their animals aren't feeling well, when to take care of bug problems in the crops. There are so many things that most children don't learn about but that the kids that grow up on a farm learn.... as second nature. How to plow and disc a field and when the crops should be planted and harvested.
This issue created a huge uproar in the agriculture community. The over reaching rules could have prevented kids from raising their 4-H projects, to helping out on Grandpa & Grandma farms. Many in the industry used our grassroots system of contacting our legistlators to let them know these laws that the DOL were working on implementing were not good for farmers in Michigan or any other state.
|For now, our children can keep going to the fair, showing their 4-H projects and enjoying life on the farm.|