read about in this blog.

For a few years, our family has tended to a small slice of heaven in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The rolling hills give the land beauty, and our animals and crops help contribute to its life. Garlic is our primary crop and will be a frequent topic of this blog.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Labor Department's proposed rules are growing discontent

My latest agriculture article for The Roanoke Times delves into an issue that is stirring up tension between farmers and safety advocates over our most precious commodity -- the future generation.

I see the arguments from both sides, but I agree most with the Botetourt County farmer I quoted: use common sense in these situations. There are sometimes going to be 14-year-olds who are more careful and mature than 20-year-olds. No two situations are alike. The laws should focus more on assurances that the farmer is competent to judge safe situations rather having the laws put an artificial age bracket on who may need assistance from the government.