When I really think about it, I’ve lived off the farm longer than I lived on, but you know how it goes: You can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl.
So, here’s a fun list of quotes from famous people that make my mind slip right back to the farm.
Innovation – wow. Have you SEEN what’s going on on the farm lately? These farmers are using GPS to map their fields. GPS is turning on and off the planter boxes so that the planted rows don’t overlap. GPS is controlling the fertilizer application so that the soil is getting exactly what it needs – no more and no less. These innovative farming techniques are distinguishing the really great farmers from those that still need to improve.
This takes me back to spring planting. The years when the soil was dry and hard, yet those little seedlings pushed through! And, although I didn’t appreciate it fully at the time, the first day driving to church on Sunday when you could finally “row the corn” which meant that the little green rows of seedlings were finally visible as you drove by … those little guys saw strength and growth through continuous effort and struggle. And in the end, they put me through college. I’m so grateful little corn seedlings!
Optimism: some farmers have it more than others, but all farmers have it. Think about it, when you put a field of seeds into the ground, knowing that at that present moment you are going to lose money on each and every one, hoping that the economy turns around before harvest? That’s optimism. Farmers are full of hope and confidence. They hope for good growing seasons and good marketing opportunities. They are confident in their own abilities as farmers and, usually, in God that they will take care of their families somehow.
This isn’t something that my parents said to me *exactly* but the sentiment is the same. Don’t do a job halfway. Always do it the very best that you can and look for the opportunities to learn to do it better. I definitely remember conversations like this in regards to my school work, but also when it came to ironing, house cleaning, and picking up the yard. In the end, it was a great lesson and one that I’m always teaching my kids too. I definitely think of kid’s ag organizations like 4-H and FFA when I read this one.
Check out the 4-H motto: I pledge my head to clearing thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, and my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. Hear the push to always be better, bigger, clearer … and more?
Me to my kid: Yes, you did clean up your room about 50%. Is that your best work? Did you understand that we don’t allow piles of trash on your floor? Do you think you can do better? Then go do it! And don’t complain about being punished when you know you only did it 50%!
This. Every planting season. Every harvest season. Every week of hauling grain. Every calving season. Every season on the farm looms large ahead of you and the work is overwhelming. And yet, every farmer I know keeps moving forward, eyes only on the next thing – the next calf, the next 80 acres to harvest, the next 8 hour day of hauling grain – until they turn around and the job is done. THAT feeling of satisfaction can’t be matched.
Are there quotes that make you think about your life and your upbringing? Do these quotes give you any insight into what it is to grow up and work on a farm? Let’s chat in the comments!
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director