Inspirational agriculture quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.
Famous Agriculture Quotes
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, address at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 25 September 1956.
Not a moment of life is wasted on a farm. Others may have been more places, but haven’t outlived me. Jim Fisher
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization. Daniel Webster
To me, there’s nothing more special than providing food for other families, and that’s what we do out here. Wanda Patsche
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. Andy Warhol
Even when commodity prices are terrible, there’s still nothing better than sitting here combining. Bryan Kuntz
It was farmers that took all that land and made it America. It was farmers that went over the mountains, and cleared the land, settled it, and farmed it, and hung onto their land. Laura Ingalls Wilder, ‘Farmer Boy’, 1933.
Farming is intrinsically about sustaining land, family, and community. Hal Hamilton
In olden times there were warriors, farmers, craftsmen, and merchants. Agriculture was said to be closer to the source of things than trade or manufacturing, and the farmer was said to be the cupbearer of the gods. He was always able to get by somehow or other and have enough to eat. Masanobu Fukuoka, The One Straw Revolution
Every day is Earth Day when you work in agriculture. Jason Streubel
A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus. E. B. White, One Man’s Meat
I grow plants for many reasons: to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty, or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. David Hobson
There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age. Bill Bryson
It’s your farm; it’s your story. Take the opportunity to share it. Jen Koukol
Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health. Paul Chatfield
If I could tell the world one thing about what being a farmer is like, it would be that a passionate heart can carry a weary back through an 80 hour work week. Luke Woodson Kneuss
It feels good at the end of the day to know you made a product that other people are going to enjoy. Jericho Sanchez
Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can’t hurry the crops or make an ox in two days. Henri Alain
Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization. Daniel Webster
Agriculture is such a rewarding community to be a part of, and will only continue to grow if we work together. Kristeena Patsche
Farmers only worry during the growing season, but townspeople worry all the time. Edgar Watson Howe
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi
To be a farmer is to be a student forever, for each day brings something new. John Connell, The Farmer’s Son: Calving Season on a Family Farm’, 2019.
We don’t just produce food. We produce nutrition for mankind. Steve Tuttle
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. Masanobu Fukuoka, The One Straw Revolution 1975.
I think it’s critical to our industry to explain what we do and why we do it. Michele Payn
Farming isn’t something that can be taught. Each plant tells its own story that has to be read repeatedly. Kelsey Timmerman, Where Am I Eating?’, 2013.
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. Arnold H. Glasow
Farming isn’t a battle against nature, but a partnership with it. It is respecting the basics of nature in action and ensuring that they continue. Jeff Koehler
One of the best things about being a farmer is being able to make your way of life the way you make your living. Jenni Tilton Flood
When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. Masanobu Fukuoka, The One Straw Revolution 2013.
I farm because I love the full circle of planting and nurturing a seed. I love the constant learning and that we are always looking for better ways to do something. I love the fact that this cotton I grow will touch so many people. And while I’m embracing all these new technologies to grow that crop better, I can still look out upon a corner post that I know my great grandfather set. Ryan Wieck
Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness. Thomas Jefferson
My heart has always been in farming. Tom Rohrich
Cultivators are the most valuable citizens they are tied to their country. Thomas Jefferson
When my time as a farmer is over, I want to be able to say that I was a good steward. Laura Rutherford
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise. Thomas Jefferson
I was born to be a farmer. It is what I know and what I love. Marla Rae Anders
Whether conventional, sustainable, young, old or tired, farmers are fascinating thinkers. Polly Dalton
The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways. John F. Kennedy
We’re facing tough times in agriculture. But farmers are nothing if not resilient. John Kotter
I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. George Washington
Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands. Thomas Jefferson
Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man George Washington
I love every minute I get to spend in a tractor. Austin Wiseman
A technological revolution on the farm has led to an output explosion but we have not yet learned to harness that explosion usefully, while protecting our farmers’ right to full parity income. John F. Kennedy
I love that the job we chose isn’t just a career, it’s a community. Great people, great friends, great family! Amanda Wilson
And a revolution of automation finds machines replacing men in the mines and mills of America, without replacing their incomes or their training or their needs to pay the family doctor, grocer and landlord. John F. Kennedy
You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety. Abraham Maslow
Agriculture was the first occupation of man, and as it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries. Edward W. Stewart
The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. Will Rogers
Agriculture is the greatest and fundamentally the most important of our industries. The cities are but the branches of the tree of national life, the roots of which go deeply into the land. We all flourish or decline with the farmer. Bernard Baruch, attributed, American Agriculture: A Brief History
Agriculture is a universal language. Brielle Wright
For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well bred man than agriculture. Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis bk. 1′, ch. 42.
We need to take back the concept of sustainability because nobody is working harder to be sustainable than America’s farmers and ranchers. Zippy Duvall
My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer. Brenda Schoepp
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. William Arthur Ward
Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can’t hurry the crops or make an ox in two days. Henri Alain Liogier
Building the trust of consumers isn’t just a job for company representatives or university scientists. Farmers can also be a powerful tool in moving the pendulum toward an informed public that understands how technology is used safely to produce food. Jessie Scott
The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life. Wendell Berry, ‘The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture’, 1977.
Today’s agriculture industry has fused the latest expertise with a heritage of determination and a loyalty to the land, producing the finest resource management and food production the world has ever witnessed. Michael A. Cawley
We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist. Wendell Berry, Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food’, 2009.
Farmers are people too and have the same concerns as everyone else about food. Lela Perez
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. W.E. Johns
Farming is a family affair. Kyla Mauk
Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world. Edwin Markham, The Man with the Hoe’, 1899.
I wouldn’t be half the person I am without the experience of growing up on the farm. Erin Ehnle Brown
It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil. Peter Maurin
Without farmers, ranchers and agriculture, food would not be on our plates. Animal Ag Alliance
A farmer is always going to be rich next year. Philemon
There is no other community as connected as those in agriculture. Ryan Goodman
Who sows a field, or trains a flower, Or plants a tree, is more than all. John Greenleaf Whittier
Next time you sit down with your family for a delicious dinner, remember the people who are working around the clock to feed your family and the families of people all over the world. Kyla Mauk
The master’s eye is the best fertilizer. Pliny the Elder
There’s no feeling in the world like being in a combine at sunset, knowing we’re part of the process that feeds people all over the world. Erin Ehnle Brown
The story of family farming underscores a legacy of sustainability. Amanda Zaluckyj
It is so important to remember that food does not just come from the grocery store. There are hard working, passionate people behind each and every food that we enjoy eating. Kyla Mauk
The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. Will Rogers
I hate when a farmer says ‘I’m just a farmer.’ This farmer doesn’t realize what he does for America, what he does for the economy and what he does for his family. Farmers are very important. Bob Dole
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi, ‘My Picture of Free India,’ 1965.
Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit. Edwin Louis Cole