Why I Farm is a short video just released by Beck's Hybrids. I have to ask my farming readers, why do you farm? Really, why do you farm? Why did you pick this risky entrepreneurial career for your life's work?
I never picked farming for my career though I wanted to. I was raised on a tenant farm that grew all the food and crops we could to feed our livestock that paid the bills on that farm. It provided food and shelter and plenty of work for us five family members. I was "groomed" to go to college and "make something of myself," which I did. I saw value in being a farmer when being a farmer wasn't cool around here." Lately it seems everyone wants to be a farmer.
When you raise livestock, you are "married" to your farm. It's not the seasonal crop producing farm that many farms are today. It's not crops in spring and summer and Florida in the winter like many of my friends do today. My passionate farmer friends don't do that though, they are working around soil, crops, machinery, meetings and records 365 days a year. Many of them don't do Florida in the winter.
If you don't farm full time, why do you do what you do? What led you to what you do today? Most of my readers have some passion for agriculture though they may not be involved in agriculture directly. I bet there are some neat stories among us.
I like the grandfather pictured with his main "horse," a Minneapolis Moline propane tractor was not uncommon in Illinois but it was rare in Ohio. We chose the land and equipment that was most available to us and helped us get our work done.
Farming has changed a lot since America was founded but it's always been the backbone of it. People who have the passion to farm and even a little bit of opportunity have changed the world for the good.
If you are an American farmer or the farmer of any nation, you have good reason for a little pride and a whole lot of blessing. You are one of a chosen few. It's not for everyone and it's not easy but it is always needed and it will always be here. It is the sustenance of life.
Would you share your farming or non farming story?