“Whelp, time to go to work.” These are the famous words spoke by my dad as he is about ready to head out to work in the morning or after lunch. We know that when we hear those words, break time is over because he had work to be done. And for those of you who grew up on the farm, you know there is always work to be done.
Today, April 24, is recognized as “Take Your Daughter to Work” day. Now many people think of taking their daughter to their office to go to work, but what if the office is a tractor seat? There is no better place to have your daughter sit alongside of you. In fact, I believe that’s what buddy seats are for.
As a farmer’s daughter, I think the best memories are made when working or riding alongside mom and dad. It provides a perfect opportunity for hours of meaningful or silly conversations. For farming parents, it is a chance to teach your daughter about the factors that go into each decision made. It is a time where she can ask question after question about farming, or maybe just about life.
Farmer’s daughters are no longer just delivering meals to the field. They may still do so, but they are also getting behind the wheel. They are becoming active contributors to the family farm. Taking them to work, showing them how to operate the equipment, or teaching them the tips and tricks is a good start. Buying them lunch, letting them make a big decision, or getting a tootsie pop from the local grain elevator might just make a future farmer out of them.
In his America’s Farmers video, Matt Martin says, “I think a dream for someone, especially involved in agriculture or someone who is self employed or has a trade, is that their children would follow in their footsteps. Whether it be a daughter or a son, or whatever it is. I think it’s something that every person in agriculture strives for, to be able to lay that foundation for the future generation.” Start laying that foundation today. Take your daughter to the fields. Let her help refill the planter. Let her drive the tractor. Help plant the seed of farming into her heart, into her life, and into her future.