agriculture quotes

Whether you live in a city or a rural community, your day-to-day life is more connected to agriculture than you might think. Yep—if you put on clothes today or ate a meal, you were directly impacted by the agricultural industry. To celebrate the farmers and ranchers who feed and clothe us—despite droughts, depressions and natural disasters—we’re sharing 10 inspiring quotes about agriculture.

  1. “Agriculture was the first manufacturing industry in America and represents the best of all of us.” – Zach Wamp
  2. “No race can prosper until it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.” – Booker T. Washington
  3. “My grandfather used to say, ‘Once in your life you need a doctor, lawyer, policeman, or preacher but every day — three times a day — you need a farmer.’” – Brenda Schoepp
  4. “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”- Thomas Jefferson
  5. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly
  6. “There’s better ways to make a living, but there’s not better way to live.” – Unknown
  7. “We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.” – Wendell Berry
  8. “The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.” – Unknown
  9. “A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud.”
    – Amit Kalantri
  10. “God said, ‘I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, and then pain’n from tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours. So God made a farmer.” – Paul Harvey

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