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Photo: NYS Dept. of Health

Labor department scraps youth farmworker regs

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The US Labor Department has scrapped safety regulations designed to protect teenagers working on farms.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens worked hard to pressure the Obama administration to withdraw the rules.

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In a statement issued last night, Owens described the move as "great news for youth interested in agriculture and family farms across New York state."

Farm worker advocates argued that the new rules would protect young people, who suffer higher injury rates on farms than in other industries.

Agriculture groups argued that the rules would hinder the ability of some teenagers to work on family farms in New York state.

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