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Farming Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old farming quotes, farming sayings, and farming proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Urban farming is not only possible, it is crucial. But it can't be like the farming techniques of yore.     

Homaro Cantu

Factory farming came about from a moral race to the bottom, with corporations vying against each other to produce more and bigger animals with less care at lower cost.     

Matthew Scully

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

Masanobu Fukuoka

So organic farming practices are something that, to me, are interlinked with the idea of using biodiesel.     

Daryl Hannah

Farming with live animals is a 7 day a week, legal form of slavery.

George Segal

It is thus with farming: if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.

Cato the Elder

Farming is a most senseless pursuit, a mere laboring in a circle. You sow that you may reap, and then you reap that you may sow. Nothing ever comes of it.     

Joannes Stobaeus

Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.

Henri Alain

The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.     

Arthur Keith

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.     

Samuel Johnson

Agriculture looks different today - our farmers are using GPS and you can monitor your irrigation systems over the Internet.

Debbie Stabenow

To make agriculture sustainable, the grower has got to be able to make a profit.     

Sam Farr

Agriculture for an honorable and highminded man, is the best of all occupations or arts by which men procure the means of living.


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

Thomas Jefferson

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

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

You can make a small fortune in farming-provided you start with a large one.     


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

George Washington

Farming is a profession of hope.     

Brian Brett

A reasonable agriculture would do its best to emulate nature. Rather than change the earth to suit a crop it would diversify its crops to suit the earth.     

Verlyn Klinkenborg

Agriculture would dry up. There wouldn't be any agriculture. There wouldn't be enough people to get the job done.     

Ben Shelton

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

With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.

Bertrand Russell

African agriculture depends on labor. You can't produce crops if there is nobody to work on the farms.     

Annmarie Kormawa

Agriculture engenders good sense, and good sense of an excellent kind.     

Joseph Joubert

If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is undoubtedly the first and noblest science.

Samuel Johnson

If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest.

Douglas Jerrold

It is obvious that the greatest and most important service that is required of our agriculture under existing conditions is an enlarged production of the staple food crops.     

David F. Houston

Organic farming has been shown to provide major benefits for wildlife and the wider environment. The best that can be said about genetically engineered crops is that they will now be monitored to see how much damage they cause.     

Prince Charles


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