A recent proposed ruling from the Department of Labor would make it illegal for children to participate in many day to day activities on farms and ranches, as well as potentially 4H and FFA. Children wouldn’t be able to be around large animals or up higher than six feet for starters. All of the following activities that are boys enjoy would be illegal. We purchased the ranch in part to impart values to our children of how to work hard, the rewards of that work, responsibility, and good stewardship of the land and animals we are blessed with for companionship, work, and food. Safety and age appropriateness is always on our mind. We cherish the time with our kids and working together to achieve a family goal and dream. Daniel already wants to ranch when he’s grown. If this ruling goes into effect, many of our activities would be curtailed, if not altogether stopped. How does this affect you? Well, for starters, it will be even harder to teach kids a love of the land and how to live on it, which would translate into even less family farms. You won’t be able to hire that school kid to mow your grass because they’ll be using power equipment (don’t know anybody who wants to use a push mower do you?). Please consider contacting the DOL with your concerns and check out the website keepfamiliesfarming.com.