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Proposed change in Child Labor Law may effect future of farming | Preston Citizen

Proposed change in Child Labor Law may effect future of farming

February 8, 2012
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Part 1 of a 3 part series 

By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

Larin Crossley, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor and Ag teacher at Preston High School, remembered fondly his days working on the family farm north of Boise while still in elementary school. He said he was expected to do a good share of the work on the farm, even drive a tractor.

“By the time I was 12 years old, I had been driving truck on the pavement for a couple of years; that was after driving it in the field for some time. Getting a drivers license was just a formality. We already knew how to drive,” the Ag. teacher said.

For Crossley, working on the family farm shaped his vocational pursuits. He not only learned to drive a truck and tractor, he learned the value of an honest days work.

On Sept. 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to revamp 40 years of Child Labor Law restricting young people from working in the Agricultural industry before the age of 16.

PHS ag teacher Larin Crossley oversees Jackson Sharp’s welding on a feeder the Junior made for his family’s farm in Riverdale.

This story is sponsored by  Franklin County Medical Center.

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