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By JAYATI RAMAKRISHNAN
East Oregonian 

Getting first farm job not as easy as it used to be

 


PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Whether pulling weeds, picking berries or driving machinery, many people found their first job on a farm.

For Umatilla County kids, farm labor has been one of many options for making money in the summer, but the way young workers fit into the agricultural industry has seen major changes in the past several years.

Darrin Ditchen, owner of Golden Valley Farms East in Stanfield, said his minimum hiring age is 16, the age teens have to be to operate heavy equipment.

"If you can't run equipment on a farm ... they can't work too many hours," Ditchen said. "At a farming jo...



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