Why do I farm? I certainly don’t farm to get rich, or to sit back and collect subsidies from the government. Like most farmers, I am content with making enough money to cover my operating costs and provide my family with a good life. And while I do collect government subsidies, they represent a very small percentage of what I earn, contrary to what you might hear from various sources.
I farm because every year I get to watch things grow from a small seeds into something that can be used for food for humans, feed for livestock, or fuel for vehicles throughout the world.
I farm because I get to experience the smells of freshly worked ground, spring rains, fresh-cut hay, and many other things that you could never experience in an urban area.
I farm because I get to view some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets imaginable.
I farm because I get to contribute to finding new ways to farm that help preserve natural resources for future generations long after I am gone.
I farm because it allows me to raise my children in a rural area and teach them the value of hard work and earning an honest living.
I farm because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my father, grandfather and other generations of my family that farmed before me.
The point I am trying to make is that farming in more than just a job. Contrary to how farmers might be portrayed in the media, or opponents of modern agriculture, it’s not an occupation concerned with large profits and government handouts. While our methods may have changed over the years, we still choose to farm for many of the same reasons as the generations who farmed before us.