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The North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) is a collection of guidelines designed to assist parents and others in assigning age-appropriate tasks for children ages 7–16 who live or work on farms and ranches across North America. The guidelines are based on an understanding of childhood growth and development, agricultural practices, principles of childhood injury, and agricultural and occupational safety.
Voluntary use of the guidelines can help parents and others make informed decisions about appropriate tasks for youth. The guidelines are not intended for legislative action.
The NAGCAT can help answer questions that parents often have regarding the role of their child in agricultural work:
The NAGCAT can assist professionals who work with farm parents.
For more information about NAGCAT see
Printable NAGCAT Fact Sheet
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