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Farmers and ranchers using high school students for summer help should be aware there are restrictions, based on age, on what young workers can do. Youth of any age may be employed at any time, in any occupation in agriculture on a farm owned or operated by their parent or person standing in place of their parent.

For all other youth, there are minimum age standards for farm jobs. Youth who are at least 16 years old may perform any farm job at any time, even during school hours. This includes jobs declared hazardous by the federal secretary of labor.

Youth under the age of 16 may not perform any hazardous job except under limited circumstances. Minors who are 14 or 15 may perform certain hazardous jobs if they complete a 4-H Federal Extension Service Training Program or a Vocational Agriculture Training Program. (Probably more commonly referred to as “tractor safety” courses.)

A detailed explanation of what is considered hazardous, restrictions for youth under the age of 14 and other details can be found here.

Source: KLA