Fellow farmers and future farmers, anyone involved in the agricultural industry and anyone who claims to be an American. I am writing this letter, because I am fed up with regulations, rules and every government entity trying to find reasons to regulate everything but what needs to be regulated.
This anger pertains to the article written by Darrin Youker and printed in Farm and Dairy on Feb. 25 covering possible farm regulation proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In my opinion, this is just the beginning of the end for the American farmers.
I grew up on a farm, operating farm equipment and working long hours at a very young age. Helping out around the farm meant you would be able to operate and control heavy machinery, including safety and maintenance.
We learned from the ground up, with a big stress on safety, and these are things I carry with me every day. Medical cards, log books, what’s next? Why don’t these bureaucrats regulate something like big CEO bonuses or paper cuts on Wall Street or all the junk shipped in from overseas? Here’s a great idea, how about government spending? Why target the heartland?
Farmers are smart enough to take breaks when needed, and they know when they have reached their limits. You’re going to have accidents and fatalities in every industry, everything carries risks. Many farms depend on young help. What are these kids going to do for summer help? Maybe the USDOT has something for them to do.
They will be missing a very important life lesson. I learned more about common sense and life in one summer on the farm than most people learn in a lifetime.
Why don’t they offer safety classes or health seminars for farm families, instead of barging in to set forth regulations? Pennsylvania is in the sights with 49 more states to go. Wake up.
It seems like the hard-working American has fallen asleep. It’s time to voice your opinion and be heard. It feels like we are all frozen on a giant conveyer belt, moving through life, surrounded by a band of pirates and pickpockets. I don’t have any stats or regulations to back that up, but I’m sure some government office does.
Farming is hard work, long hours and it’s very risky; we wouldn’t have it any other way. It is also educational, spiritual and emotional, and most of all, it is required to sustain life. So regulate that, next time you people at the USDOT are pondering regulations over lunch.
Victor Neura II
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