May 29, 2024

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Child Labor in Agriculture – Join Online Think Tank, June 6

Agricultural work offers children and teens opportunities to develop skills and more fully benefit from farm/ranch life. But there are risks. More youth die working in agriculture than all other industries combined, and many of these injuries and deaths result from youth performing tasks that exceed their physical and mental abilities.

There has been an increase in the number of youth employed in agriculture for several reasons, including labor shortages, the impact of COVID on farmworker families and a rise in unaccompanied migrant children. Child labor has been increasingly visible in the news media, with reports featuring child labor violations, loosening and tightening of state child labor laws, youth injuries and more.

Join the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety for a Child Labor in Agriculture Think Tank, 2-3 p.m. (Central Time), June 6. This think tank will address emerging and persistent issues regarding youth work environments. Brief information sharing sessions will be followed by small group discussions. Topics and speakers include:

  • Background of youth working in agriculture – Marsha Salzwedel, Ed.D., National Children’s Center
  • Child labor regulations, policy, and current issues – Reid Maki, Child Labor Coalition
  • Developmental issues for working youth: benefits and challenges – David Schwebel, Ph.D., University of Alabama, Birmingham

To join us for this FREE online think tank session, click here to register: Child Labor Think Tank  If the link above doesn’t work, please cut and paste the following link into your browser:


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