I believe that this quote applies to all of life and not just to agriculture but it really speaks to those who have to work on a farm day in and day out. Growing up on an animal farm and growing popcorn my family has never been well off. As some of you may know that animals drain your wallet and most of the time do not fill it back up. I am also one of eight children, so my parents’ main goal was to provide their kids with what they not and not what they want. My farm is not the ideal farm to live on. We have old machinery, broken fences, and not enough land. My family works harder than anyone I know and we are very close. We do not have nice things or everything that we need but we make do. I feel that this has brought my family closer, just because we do what we can with what we have and we enjoy it. I wouldn’t have it any other way and I love who I am because of it!
“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson knew what he was saying about agriculture when he presented this quote. Do you every see a grumpy farmer? No, you always see them chatting with everyone about their job because they love it and not just because of the money. Yes farmers may be doing pretty well today but that is not the only reason they keep farming. They do it for you and everyone else in the world. They know that if we didn’t have farmers we would not have three meals a day. When Jefferson said this he didn’t mean real wealth, as in money, he meant that it will bring you the wealth of pride in your industry because you are doing something fulfilling.
“Farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life.”
Many people today believe that farmers just farm because they chose that as a profession. In many cases that is not true, some farmers have other jobs but they farm because they know that that is the only way that we will be able to feed the world in the future. To put in into perspective, when you go to work you work from 8am to 5pm and then you go home and take the night off. Well a farmer does not have a day off, If you are a farmer “you punch in at 5, and never punch out.” They never leave the farm or take a break because there is always something to do and people to feed.
This quote from E.M. Tiffany was written with a purpose, and that purpose was to encourage FFA members to keep believing in what the future holds for them. To me, it holds a special place in my heart. Not only because of my love for the FFA organization, but also because of how much it encourages me to stand up for what I believe in and to also keep sharing my passion of agriculture. I have learned that agriculture is the largest industry in the world but if you are not willing to work for it, it will fall. My dad also told me “you have to work hard for what you want.” I have lived by his words for many years. My family farm lives by this quote every day, as my dad pushes us to work every day on the farm, whether its cleaning out the barns, picking corn, or even just mowing the grass, all of those things play into the agriculture industry.
Living on a regular farm or even just a hobby farm is never easy. No everything will go your way, especially the weather. You can’t just sit in the house and wish you had the perfect field or the perfect yield, you have to go out into the field and work with it. My dad always told me, “you get out of it what you put into it.” If you are not willing to put the time and money into your crop, when fall comes around and it’s time to harvest, you are not going to have the bumper crop that you wished for. Farmers work harder than anybody I know because they take pride in the land that they have and the people that they are going to feed from their bushels of corn or soybeans.
This is one of my favorite agriculture quotes because it is true to anyone who grew up playing farm and still farms. I grew up with an older brother, so those of you who have an older brother know what that’s like. I never got to play with babies or Barbie’s, I was always playing farm with him. We would play farm everywhere, in the sandbox, on our living room floor, in the barn, and on our cement pad. We had more farm toys than you could imagine. As I got older farming got more exciting because I didn’t have to play with the fake farm toys anymore, I was able to drive the real things. I would be the one driving the tractor down the field, as my dad and brother picked the corn or I would be the one driving the truck hauling whatever out to my dad. It was way more exciting than just driving little toys around on the living room floor. If you grew up playing with farm toys, then it was inevitable that you still play with tractors, and tucks just at a larger scale
Agriculture is more than dirt, plows, and tractors. Agriculture is the largest industry in the world and employs the majority of the workers in the United States. Where I’m from the soil is what keeps my family alive. We not only grow popcorn, but produce, which we eat and sell. Most people just think that fields are just “dirt,” which isn’t even the right term. Do you know the difference between dirt and soil? Soil is what farmers grow their crops in, dirt is what you sweep up off your kitchen floor. There are many uses for soil in growing the crops that produce your food. Soil provides the nutrients, holds the water that keep the cops alive, provide aeration for the cops, and provides that minerals that the cops need to grow. When my dad looks across his field of soil, he dreams about what he can do to make his crop bigger and more profitable for the next year. Many farmers look at it this way too. The soil in the fields is what makes the crops prosperous or not, so the next time you look at a field think about the potential that it might hold for the next year.
“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven….a time to be born & a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”
Agriculture is all wrapped up in the quote. Living on a farm you know that not everything happens all at once. My family farm has baby piglets born in the winter, we planted our gardens and popcorn fields in the spring, we harvest our garden throughout the summer, and we harvest our popcorn in the fall. When you live on a farm you realize that there is a time and a place for everything, and during every season there is something different going on.
Illinois State University student