The profession, of farming, has been around as long as man has been on the Earth. It is a noble profession. The roots of farming can be dated back about 10,000 years to Turkey and the Mid East. More than 80 percent of man’s diet comes from fruits and vegetables.
For farming to be successful, it must have a water source or be located in a climate that produces rainfall for plant growth. It wasn’t until the 1700’s, that farming took a big upswing. An agricultural revolution took place, which led to higher production in farm products. Since that period in time, farming has made steady advances in farming technology and agricultural growth.
However the one constant, that has always stayed the same, is the farmer. Let’s take a look at the American farmer and his profession of labor.
A farmer has no set hours. He doesn’t clock in or clock out. He starts early and goes late or until the job is finished. If machinery breaks down, he has to be able to repair it in place. This means that a farmer has to have maintenance knowledge for many different pieces of equipment. He has to have the skills of a mechanic as well as that of a welder.
The day of labor for a farmer doesn’t end when they come in from the fields. During this time period, they prepare vehicles and equipment for the next day of work. This is either done at night or early in the morning before they head back out to the fields. Routine maintenance is necessary. Farming use to be a way of life for many individuals. Lately, it has become a business enterprise.
A farmer has to have knowledge of seeds and soil. They have to know planting times and ways. They have to have a knowledge of harvesting. Crops and their attention come first, before anything else to a farmer. A farmer has to rely on the elements for successful farming. The elements of sunshine, rain and even wind play a major part in farming. A failure by one of these makes for a bad crop and a bad year.
Besides all the above a farmer must also be an accountant. They have to keep up with all costs and expenses. They must keep good records of items like taxes, workmen’s compensation, government subsidies, insurances, government farming programs and the crop market itself. There are certain times to sell your grain and times to store it. A farmer must know these things are learn them to become successful at their profession.
All of this is a way of life for the American farmer. He is a different breed of laborer.