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Children and teenagers may be exposed to pesticides while doing farm work. They may be hired to harvest food or perform other tasks like detasseling corn. While there are no age restrictions for children working on their parent’s farm, others as young as age 10 may be hired for farm work. Minimum age requirements vary by state.

Pesticide risks to youth working in agriculture:

Tips for youth to reduce pesticide risks in agricultural settings:

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated November 01, 2022