"Nationally, three-quarters of farm families with children under 18 report difficulties securing child care because of lack of affordability, availability or quality. Almost half report that having access to affordable child care is important for maintaining and growing their farm business. . . . Almost half of farmers we surveyed said their own parents were too busy to help with child care, had died or were in declining health. . . . While wonderful places to grow up, farms can be dangerous, with large equipment, electric fencing, large animals, ponds and other potential hazards. Every day, 33 children are seriously injured in agricultural-related incidents, and every three days a child dies on a farm. Farm parents we spoke with recounted stories of children who died after falling out of a tractor, drowned when they fell into a pond, or were maimed by a cow. Almost all farm parents – 97% – have worried that their children could get hurt on the farm."
Farmers have mentioned many solutions, Inwood and Becot report: "free or affordable quality child care, before- and after-school programs, better parental leave policies for wage and self-employed workers, financial support for safe play areas on the farm, college debt relief, free college tuition and more affordable health insurance."