FARMING = FUN!

It’s “Don’t go to work unless it’s fun” day! Are you celebrating by doing something that you love? Thanks to Brooke Wright for explaining to us what she loves about farming!

What is an occupation that has been around for thousands of years and shows no signs of diminishing interest? Come on now, this is easy. Obviously, the answer is, farming! Farming is one of the only jobs where you can be your own boss, work outside almost every day, witness the miracle of birth, and get your hands dirty.

Farming may be one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs out there, but those involved love every minute of it! I bet if you ask a farmer if he would rather be doing something else, his answer would be “No”. I can understand this because I grew up on our family farm. In my family, farming is a tradition that has been passed down for generations. The values and work ethic are buried deep within our roots. Farming isn’t just passed down for generations because it is expected, it is passed on because it’s a way of life.

I would be telling a lie if I said that people farm because nothing ever goes wrong and it’s a low stress occupation. In fact, it’s the total opposite. Farming is a very stressful job and everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Believe me, I’ve witnessed it. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be telling a lie if I told you that it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to see that baby calf you have been nursing back to health since birth gain enough strength to join the other calves. Or, spending hours upon hours making sure your crop will be successful and ending the year with a higher yield than expected. It is the outcome from all of the hard work and dedication that makes farming such a rewarding and enjoyable job.

Farming isn’t just passed down from generation to generation. Now, more than ever, more people are getting involved in agriculture. Organic agriculture has been growing rapidly over the past years. A healthy lifestyle has become more appealing, making the number of gardens and small farms increase. They are beginning to reap the benefits of growing your own crop and understand why farmers love what they do.

What this all boils down to is that farmers love what they do because of the reward that may come from their hard work. Not every crop planted is a bumper crop, not every calf bottle fed makes it, and not everyone makes a million bucks. This is just the risk you have to take when you are involved in this business. All you can do is give it your all and hope Mother Nature works in your favor. Farming is what I grew up doing. I think it’s safe to say that I will always be involved in agriculture in some way, shape, or form. Why, you may ask? That’s simple, because it’s FUN!

Brooke Wright
Illinois State University student

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