Proposed changes to farm labor laws could have an effect on teens across the region. The US Department of Labor is considering new rules for youth farm labor this year, potentially limiting the types of work that minors could do in agriculture, under the age of 18. Eldon High School FFA advisor Matt Biddle says it could hamper opportunities for those involved in FFA. “I can’t imagine not encouraging some of our younger students to help out in the show arena at fairs or helping their neighbors on the farm. This goes against many principles of our program”, he said. The proposed changes include strengthening child labor laws regarding agricultural work, prohibiting hired farm workers under 16 from cultivation and harvesting tobacco and from operating nearly all power-driven equipment. There is no timeframe announced by the federal government on when the final decisions will be announced on new labor law.