The outlook for agriculture is currently not a stellar one. Prices are less than mediocre and many are hanging on by a string. In some cases a string that’s fraying.
A strong US dollar is limiting our exports. We are striving to make advances to benefit us but are being financially limited to do so. Agriculture runs on a boom and bust cycle. I think many are aware we are currently in the later category.
So why do we stay?
A Way Of Life
It’s hard to find another occupation quite like farming and ranching. For many of us it’s not only a way of life, it is our life. Our homes sit on our farms. Often times multiple generations have been raised inside the walls. When a farm sells everyone is literally up rooted. Not many other businesses have this to deal with.
Much like a way of life, farming can be a family tradition. You don’t often hear of multi generational doctors, landscapers or contractors. You’re hard pressed to walk on to a farm or ranch and not see 2-3 generations working together on any given day. Let alone the number of generations that set the precedent.
A love of the land and passion for agriculture is easily passed from one generation to the next. We are submersed in farming quite literally as soon as we’re born. Often with the hope that we stay and continue on with what has happened before us. Improving upon what was left in our care.
A life in agriculture is not for the weak nor weary. While we are so heavily depended upon, we are often overlooked. Times may be tough, but one way or another farmers and ranchers will find a way to persevere.