The end of 4-H? New Federal Regulation bans farm chores for children under 18.

The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children under the age of 18 from performing chores on family farms

This law would prohibit parents from passing along a family tradition and a way of life, and the new regulation would revoke approval of private companies like 4-H and FFA training children to do farm related tasks. Instead they would be required to take a government sponsored and approved training class.

The following is from Sarah Palin’s FaceBook.

The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.

My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either. Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.

Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.

- Sarah Palin

Sarah, you took the words out of my mouth again.
The most fulfilling, well rounded childhood anyone could have is a life on a diversified family farm, with chicken, pigs, cows and an assortment of machinery.
One of my favorite memories can be expressed:
“There is nothing like the smell of a cold diesel starting up on a crisp winter morning.”
You wake up knowing there is work to be done.
“Idle hands is the devil’s workshop”.
Do they really want to make 4-H illegal?

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