One of the greater perks of being a farmer and of interviewing farmers for your job is that they will often say something that changes the way you think. Maybe about farming, or cattle, or family, or life. Here are five that come to mind, mentioned in the course of interviews or just plain-old good conversations.
1. David Erickson, on buying farmland: "There's never been a time in my farming career when we bought land and thought we could afford it. But we've always been glad we did."
2. John Smiley, on the perils of living a life wrapped up in his career: "Am I a farmer who happens to be a Christian, or am I a Christian farmer?"
3. Terry Wolf, on his wife Jan, summarizing everything a farm marriage should be during his Master Farmer acceptance speech: "She is truly my other half and my partner. Between us, we make a whole person."
4. Russ Rosenboom, on taking his entire family to Disney: "You can leave them a million dollars or you can leave them a million dollars' worth of memories."
5. Jim Purlee, on growing corn: "You can't accept lesser yield." And on crop rotations (and management in general): "I wear a pencil and a piece of paper out doing that comparison."
And a bonus #6 today! Because it wasn't necessarily life changing but it makes me laugh out loud, still.
6. Ray Defenbaugh, wrapping up a telephone conversation: "I'd better go; I'm a one-armed man, talking on a cell phone and driving a semi!"
Five Things: The Series
- Day 1: Five Things About Five Things
- Day 2: Five Things I Loved About Growing Up on a Farm
- Day 3: Five Things Our Farm Boy Said
- Day 4: Five Things an Honest Farmwife Admits
- Day 5: Five Things I'm Reading Now
- Day 6: Five Things I've Learned as an Ag Journalist
- Day 7: Five Tips for Better Photographs
- Day 8: Five Things I Didn't Know When I Married a Farmer
- Day 9: Five Things I Like on My Desk
- Day 11: Five Farm Blogs I Love
- Day 12: Five Things I've Learned About Grief
- Day 13: Five Misleading Food Labels
- Day 14: Five Things to Love About 4-H
- Day 15: Five Things About Jenna
- Day 16: Five Ways to Jazz Up a Field Lunch
- Day 18: Five Places I'm Glad I've Been
- Day 19: Five Things Parents Do in the Back of 4-H Meetings