Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Roberts presents on Child Labor Regulations and the American Culture of Farm Work

Megan Roberts.jpgMegan Roberts (MS-STEP '11) recently presented with Professor Deborah Levison on Child Labor Regulations and the American Culture of Farm Work. Roberts is currently an agribusiness instructor at South Central College in North Mankato, MN.

She says, "My professional passion lies in agricultural advocacy, farmer decision-making and ag policy. From newborn piglets to the orange sunsets of harvest, there is nothing that gets me more excited than agriculture."

A description of Professor Levison and Megan's work follows:

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed to change the regulations that have governed children's work and physical presence on farms in the United States since the 1970s. A period for comments was opened, then extended. Eventually, more than 10,000 comments were received by the Department of Labor and made available to the public on the website Regulations.gov. Megan Roberts analyzed a large sample of those comments and will describe their strongly pro-child-work sentiment in this seminar, while Deborah Levison will place them in the context of human rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the recent decline in child/youth experience of work in America.

Watch the video of their presentation.

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