The leader of the state's largest farm organization says he is gratified by the government’s decision to drop proposed regulations governing youth who work in agriculture. The proposed rule, which would have restricted the ability of farmers and ranchers to hire people younger than 18, prompted more than 18 thousand comments from throughout the nation, mostly opposed to the proposal.
California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said "Few issues galvanize family farmers and ranchers like this one did. Everyone who has grown up on a farm or ranch recognizes the value of allowing young people to learn by doing,". Wenger also said that "No one cares more about the safety of young people than their parents, grandparents and family members (who work alongside them on the farm). "The number of on-farm injuries involving young people has been declining and all of us remain committed to reducing that number further."