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Senators fight rule restricting teen farm workers

Thirty senators led by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kans., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb., sent Labor Secretary Hilda Solis a letter this week urging her to withdraw a proposed rule that would restrict teenagers who are not the children of farm operators from working on farms.

“It is common in rural America for siblings to jointly own and operate farms and for extended family and neighbors to participate in agriculture production,” the senators said.