You start your day at six o’clock in the morning. There is not an option to sleep in; your animals will not allow it. Walk outside into the chilly exhilarating dawn and rejoice in knowing that you have no idea what the day holds. This is the ecstasy of agriculture. We are at a time in our lives when we make one of the most important choices of our lives, that to do with ourselves, how to make our mark on the world, who we will be. There is one undervalued profession that will bring a life of excitement and happiness, agriculture.
Working in agriculture is no your run of the mill profession. There are no health benefits, job security, retirement after twenty years, or set vacations. If these are what you are looking for in a job you might as well stop reading here. Agriculture offers something more, a life of excitement, ownership in your work, quality community, and because of all these things happiness.
When you are working with life you have no choice but to identify with it. This is the beauty of working in agriculture. In any business in which your products are inanimate objects if you break one or make a mistake it is no big deal, you can build another. In agriculture if you mess up things die. There is no room for mistakes. This makes you take ownership in your work for only your best effort has any chance of success, and when you do succeed and see the beauty you have helped to create, ultimate satisfaction. Agriculture becomes your lifestyle not just a job and before long it is not really work at all.
The ownership agriculturalists have in their work has one amazing side effect, it creates quality people. If you go to someone’s farm you can judge them by it with reasonable accuracy. They spend all of their time on their land so if it is a wreck it is a good indication that they are two. For most agriculturists this is not the case the wrecks usually do not make it and end up working at McDonald. Of all of the people I know the people I have the most respect for and who are my role models are agriculturist. Oh and if you are planning on raising a family I know of no better way to instill responsibility and work ethic in children than to have them raise some of their animal of their own.
The excitement of agriculture comes straight from Mother Nature herself. Agriculturists work directly with the earth an ever-changing medium. While another job may offer the stability of a fixed system it pales in comparison to the joy agriculture’s erratic lifestyle offers. No day in agriculture is the same as the last. The changes can be as large as the seasons, calves starting to be born, or an unexpected grass fire; or the unexpected can be subtle, an unexpected flower or rare bird. There is joy in every minute of discovery.
Agriculture is not a nine to five job, it is hard work and at some point allot of your animals will probably die. But the rewards that come from working it are incalculable. Agriculturist own their work, and even though it is harder to socialize the people you will meet are the salt of the earth, people you can trust, the hours are long but no two are the same they are filled with discovery, excitement, and creativity. I cannot imagine a life without agriculture because it is AWESOME. So as you are making one of the greatest choices of your life, think on what values you hold dearest. If you want ownership in your work, quality community, and excitement, chose to be an agriculturist.