Rich Farmer Rumors

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson March 20, 2017 14:37

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Some people, even those close to the industry, can drive by farms and farmland and think to themselves or say to others that those farmers are rolling in the dough.  I guess that’s human nature – to make a determination based only on what the eye sees.  But Laura Blomme as a farmer, wife, and mother from Victor, Iowa seeks to guide folks to another level of understanding.  I’ve tried to sum up what she has to say on the subject, and I thank her for her eloquent writing.  I encourage you to read her entire blog here:  https://theblommencoop.com/2017/02/24/farmers-are-rich/

Granted, there are farmers in this world who do live comfortably.  But Blomme points out that a lot of farmers are asset rich and cash poor.  She does maintain that all farmers are rich however, but not necessarily in the money department.  Here’s what she means:

  • Farmers are rich in heritage.
  • Farmers are rich in pride.
  • Farmers are rich in stress.
  • Farmers are rich in knowledge.
  • Farmers are rich in optimism.

I’d like to add three more things to the list above that came to my mind.  Farmers are rich in determination.  How many people in this world would stay at a job year in and year out (especially during these hard economic times) knowing the results may be disappointing at best?  Farmers are rich in generosity.  They not only work to care for their family, but also to provide for their community and this world.  And farmers are rich in perspective.  They seem to have a particular attitude towards their lifestyle that enables them to continue on the farming path.  While they know that they can control many activities on the farm, they also realize there are other things (like the weather) that are out of their hands.  I ran across a joke that provides a great example of this perspective, and in closing would like to share it with you:

 

It was a disastrous year for the farmers. The snow fell and fell until the government relief agency had to step in and lend a hand. “It must have been terrible,” said the government man to a farmer. “All that snow.” “Could have been worse,” calmly answered the farmer. “My neighbor had more snow than me.” “How’s that?” asked the government man.
“More land,” replied the farmer.

 

Farmers are probably rich in humor too.  I think we can all learn from the true wealth of farmers…

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

References:

https://theblommencoop.com/2017/02/24/farmers-are-rich/

https://www.ajokeaday.com/categories/farmer-jokes?pagenumber=16&pagesize=4&filtertype=All&sortingtype=All

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson March 20, 2017 14:37
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  1. Watson March 23, 08:24

    So no one else is rich in pride or determination or knowledge? I’m sick of hearing about the almighty farmer and I doubt I’m alone. I work everyday of the year with two whole weeks off a year, I don’t any farmer who can say the same and they’re lying if they do. I cannot afford trips to Mexico or winter houses in arizona, new homes or huge additions, lake homes, new vehicles or numerous toys.

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    • Teresa Olson Author March 23, 11:19

      I’m sorry you feel that way Mr. Witt. Please understand that this is an Ag-related newsletter and so the content is going to be about agriculture and farmers. I’m sure it was not the author’s intent to exclude anyone. Your name has been permanently removed from our mailing list.
      -Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

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    • PJB March 23, 21:50

      Watson – what a whiner!!! Self employment (aka farming) takes a different skill set and requires more than 40 hour weeks seasonally. I don’t see many young self-employed people enjoying the benefits you describe, but I hope its the goal of all of them!

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      • Teresa Olson Author March 27, 08:58

        Thank you for those valid points and for joining in the conversation. We appreciate your reading our newsletter!
        -Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

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    • Justin March 24, 20:55

      I think Mr. Witt has a misunderstanding, he may work everyday with two weeks off but probably at a 8-5 job. A farmer works many hours, way before the sun comes up and way after it goes down. I dont know any farmer that doesnt deserve a vacation. Maybe pick up another job and quite wasting your money on trivial things, and maybe you could afford nice things as well. Not to mention if it wasnt for farmers you wouldnt have anything to eat.

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      • Teresa Olson Author March 27, 09:04

        If we walked in each other’s shoes, we’d all have a better understanding of our specific jobs. As a farm girl, I’ve known my whole life who provides the food I eat, and I’m thankful for that every day. Thanks for reading our newsletter and for giving your input. It’s much appreciated!
        -Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

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