U.S. Farm Report host Tyne Morgan’s commentary about kids working on the farm struck a chord with viewers. We had one of the largest responses ever to a commentary on a show. This week we wanted to share the responses.
We had a few critical emails, including this one from Jan in Illinois:
"It is a disappointment you missed an opportunity to emphasize farm safety for children by changing the commentary into parental rights. Any 8 year old, yours, mine or someone else's, should not be put in danger. It goes against the machinery recommendations and common sense for a child of that age to be driving that much horse power. There are plenty of safer ways to learn work ethic on (and off) farms."
And James Knight of Michigan agrees:
"I'm not sure if this is a Generational difference, or the lack of thought of what could happen with a child in control of Farm machinery. There may be exceptions for every family, that feel its OK. However, the Lady in Iowa has probably seen her share of tragic incidences. So I stand with her. Why take the risk?"
Overall, the responses were positive. Susan Spencer says:
"If we criticize farmers for allowing their sons and daughters to contribute we are truly ignorant of the values they live by."
Dan Starr emailed saying:
“Your comments about the "Picture of the Little Boy" was not only refreshing to here, But I believe it is the sentiment of most of the "fly over country."
Joe emailed in with this:
"If you're not comfortable allowing your kids to experience new things then don't watch. Kids are going to want to try new things, especially when they are raised on a farm. I believe that I became a much better worker and more conscious of my surroundings when I was operating farm equipment. It's not necessarily a bad thing for a kid to WANT to learn how things work and then be able to learn hands on. How else are they going to learn. Don't blast a caring, and loving parent for showing their children the ropes of farming. It's a lifelong lesson that carries over into adulthood."
And Mickey commented on Facebook saying:
“It's not age, it's the maturity of the young person. Some children are ready at a younger age than others. And responsible parents know the difference in their children who are ready and those that are not. And also they know the difference in the difficulty of the machines and the environment in which they are to be operating"