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DOL could change the value of hard work

DOL could change the value of hard work

By Dane and Robin Sanders

As we move closer to the Christmas holiday season, I think back to when I was an anxious child awaiting Christmas morning, when my sisters and I would get up and unwrap all of the packages under the Christmas tree. We would have fun all day playing with whatever my parents gave us. This probably sounds very familiar to many of you.

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New rules robbing our kids?

New rules robbing our kids?

By Garrick Hall

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to change the regulations regarding children working on farms.

The proposed rules would ban children from dangerous activities such as working on a hay stack higher than six feet above the ground, using any power tool, or herding cattle with a horse. Under the new rules, children would be required to complete at least 90 hours of classroom instructions before they could be hired to work on a farm.  As you might imagine, as the father of six young farm children, this proposal concerns me. I wrote the following comments and submitted them to the Department of Labor for their consideration:

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Texas Farm Bureau is up to the challenge

Texas Farm Bureau is up to the challenge

Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke’s address at the TFB 78th annual meeting.

We all share a common bond in agriculture—maybe even more so this year.

Texans from all walks of life have endured a drought of epic proportions, devastating wildfires and in Washington, some leaders refuse to cooperate and move this country forward. For Texas farmers and ranchers, we know what hard times look like and we’ve weathered them before—we will again.

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Congress, administration rethink horse slaughter ban

Congress, administration rethink horse slaughter ban

By Mike Barnett

When it comes to the domestic horse slaughter ban, I hate to say I told you so. So I won’t.

But President Obama recently signed a law that reverses the five-year ban on horse slaughter, a welcomed first step in addressing the unintended consequences of a misguided law.

Even Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), says the U.S. should never have banned domestic horse slaughter—a stance that put the organization at odds with other animal rights activist groups.

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Beware of dire predictions

Beware of dire predictions

By Stewart Truelsen

Here is a prediction: American farmers and ranchers will be able to feed this nation well into the future if given access to land, water, capital and scientific advances. If you’d like the prediction to be more specific, let’s say the nation’s food supply will be secure until at least the year 2061. 

There’s an excellent chance this prediction will be true, but it’s hardly the stuff books are written about. A prediction like this would only bring a yawn, and the reader would go back to worrying about dire predictions of economic collapse or the 2012 apocalypse. 

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