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30+ Best Agriculture Quotes About Farming Life

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Farming is all about getting in touch with the earth around us.

Are you looking for great funny and meaningful agriculture quotes? You might even want to read some funny farm sayings and funny farming quotes alongside some funny farmer quotes to get in touch with the whole Green revolution.

Farming has come a long way since its beginning! It is said that during the first Agricultural Revolution, which started around the 10,000 B.C. it came into prominence when the nomadic tribes started growing crops. The Industrial Revolution, from 1700 AD to 1900 AD helped usher the second Agricultural Revolution which led to faster and more efficient farming technology being discovered. And last but not the least, the Green Revolution in the late 20th century saw population growth and the creation of genetic engineering, chemical fertilizers and biotechnology further aiding the mass production of agricultural goods.

So, let's go through our great list of quotes! For more quotes, take a look at these Farm Quotes and Farming Quotes.

Farming Quotes

Farming has been the one thing that has supported human beings since agriculture began.

Here are some great farming quotes for people who enjoy some farming family quotes!

1. “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.

2.  “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”  

—  Daniel Webster.

3.  “I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

— Andy Warhol.

4. “It was farmers that took all that land and made it America...It was farmers that went over the mountains, and cleared the land, and settled it, and farmed it, and hung onto their land.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder, 'Farmer Boy', 1933.

5. “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'.

6. “A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.”

— E. B. White, 'One Man's Meat'.

7. “There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.”

— Bill Bryson.

8. “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.

9. “It feels good at the end of the day to know you made a product that other people are going to enjoy.”

— Jericho Sanchez.

10. “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.

11. “Farmers only worry during the growing season, but townspeople worry all the time.”

— Edgar Watson Howe.

12. “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.

Famous Farming Quotes

Farming can be both peaceful and taxing.

Some great quotes about farmers and various farming quotes.

13. “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.

14. “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.

15. “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.

16. “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.

Agriculture Quotes By Presidents

What better way to learn than to read some great things said by former presidents? So here are some Thomas Jefferson quotes on agriculture alongside a few others.

17. “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”

— Thomas Jefferson.

18. “Cultivators are the most valuable citizens…they are tied to their country.”

— Thomas Jefferson.

19. “Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.”

— Thomas Jefferson.

20. “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.

21.  “I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”

— George Washington.

22. “Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.”

― George Washington.

23. “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.

24. “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.

Famous Quotes About Agriculture

Some famous agriculturist quotes to go alongside our great farming quotes!

25. “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.

26. “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'.

27. “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.

Inspirational Quotes For Farmers

Farm quotes and sayings for the inspiring farmers hard at work.

28. “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.

29. “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.

30. “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.

31. “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.

32. “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”

― W.E. Johns.

33. “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.

34. “It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil.”

― Peter Maurin.

Short Farming Quotes

Short quotes for the busy bees which include quotes on agriculture by Gandhi, short quotes about farming and agriculture, and may include even a favorite short agriculture quote!

35. “A farmer is always going to be rich next year.”

— Philemon.

36. “Who sows a field, or trains a flower, Or plants a tree, is more than all.”  

— John Greenleaf Whittier.

37. “The master’s eye is the best fertilizer.”

― Pliny the Elder.

38. “The story of family farming underscores a legacy of sustainability.”  

— Amanda Zaluckyj.

39. “The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer."  

— Will Rogers.

40. "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."

— Mahatma Gandhi, 'My Picture of Free India,' 1965.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 30+ Best Agriculture Quotes About Farming Life, then why not take a look at Wilderness quotes or Harvest quotes.

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