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Missouri Cattlemen's Association supports youth labor legislation

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The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association commends Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon for putting his signature on legislation that would allow youth to work on farms and ranches in the state.

The legislation, SB 16/HB 334, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-18, and in the House by Rep. Tony Dugger, R-141. The legislation exempts farm work performed by children under the age of 16 from certain child labor requirements. MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the legislation was partly in response to poor decisions made at the federal level.

“I believe the bill was brought to the forefront as a result of the Department of Labor proposing a federal rule that would have essentially banned youth 16 years of age and under from working on farms and ranches that were not owned by their parents,” said Deering.

Deering said it is becoming increasingly difficult to encourage young people to become involved in production agriculture partly due to over regulation and red tape.

“Rather than strapping our hands behind our backs and preventing youth from learning the ropes of food and fiber production from today’s farmers and ranchers, government should work with farmers and ranchers to ensure the rules on the books are workable. We are proud, that here in Missouri, we have done just that,” Deering said. “We will continue working to ensure that youth have the opportunity to earn a living producing the safest, most nutritious beef in the world.”

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was initiated in 1911 and is dedicated to improving viability of Missouri’s beef industry. MCA is celebrating its 101st year serving as the voice of Missouri’s 60,000 beef producers. The organization has members from over 100 of Missouri’s 114 counties. MCA is a not-for-profit, grassroots, member-driven organization focused on the protection and promotion of the economic, educational, political and social interests of the Missouri beef cattle industry. Contact MCA at 573-499-9162 or at www.mocattle.com.

Date: 5/27/2013



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