Agriculture Sayings and Quotes

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


Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.     

Thomas Jefferson

The farmer works the soil, The agriculturist works the farmer.     

Eugene F. Ware

Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.     

Douglas Jerrold

Agriculture is the foundation of manufactures, since the productions of nature are the materials of art.     

Edward Gibbon

It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil.     

Peter Maurin

Agriculture was the first occupation of man, and as it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries.     

Edward W. Stewart

Agriculture's not insulated from having a percentage of people who might be really good old graziers, but they're no good as business people.     

Barry O'Sullivan

Agriculture has become essential to life; the forest, the lake, and the ocean cannot sustain the increasing family of man; population declines with a declining cultivation, and nations have ceased to be with the extinction of their agriculture.     

Elias Hasket Derby

Agriculture is the Archimedean lever which, though it does not move a world, tends to fill it with plenty, with moral health, and human happiness.     

J. Buel

The agriculture we seek will act like an ecosystem, feature material recycling and run on the contemporary sunlight of our star.     

Wes Jackson

Agriculture is the greatest and fundamentally the most important of our industries. The cities are but the branches of the tree of national life, the roots of which go deeply into the land. We all flourish or decline with the farmer.     

Bernard Baruch

Agriculture is the most destructive industry that we have. More than coal mining and other extractive industries.     

Allan Savory

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

Joseph Joubert

If farm ecology and economics go wrong, nothing else will go right in agriculture.     

M. S. Swaminathan

Agriculture is the great art of directing and aiding nature in the performance of those functions which were designed by Providence for the comfort and subsistence of man.     

Lewis Cass

Cultivators are the most valuable citizens…they are tied to their country.     

Thomas Jefferson

There is no time in modern agriculture for a farmer to write a poem or compose a song     

Masanobu Fukuoka

An agricultural life is one eminently calculated for human happiness and human virtue.     

C. L. ALLEN

Agriculture is a fundamental source of national prosperity.     

J. J. MAPES

A fertile soil alone does not carry agriculture to perfection.     

Elias Hasket Derby

Agriculture is at the core of the state.     

Dave Cook

Agriculture is the process of turning eco-systems into people.     

Toby Hemenway

A Sustainable Agriculture does not deplete soils or people.     

Wendell Berry

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

Xenophon

A farmer is always going to be rich next year.     

Philemon

If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right in the country.     

M. S. Swaminathan

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

Samuel Johnson

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

Thomas Jefferson

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

Sam Farr

Someday men will learn to irrigate and spread fertilizer instead of praying for fertility.     

Warren Eyster

Agriculture is a business that has been up to its bib overalls in politics since the first Thanksgiving dinner kickback to the Indians for subsidizing Pilgrim maize production with fish head fertilizer grants.     

P. J. O'Rourke

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

George Washington

A sustainable agriculture is one which depletes neither the people nor the land.     

Wendell Berry

Economic growth originating in Agriculture can have a particularly strong impact in reducing poverty and hunger.     

Food and AGriculture Organization 2003

A strong America...depends on its farms and natural resources.      

John F. Kennedy

The tremendous increase in productivity in American farms is really the most astonishing phenomenon in the free world.     

John F. Kennedy

Agriculture is one of our best dollar earners. The balance of trade in our favor in agriculture is a tremendous source of dollars— and therefore gold—to this country at a very important time.     

John F. Kennedy

The people who line on our farms make it possible for this country to progress as it has.     

John F. Kennedy

The important principle which...this country has learned is that agriculture cannot be controlled successfully or dominated by the National government. It requires very dedicated work by the individual on the farm and it requires extensive cooperative and community work.     

John F. Kennedy

Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling, for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.     

Jefferson

Trade increases the wealth and glory of a country; but its real strength and stamina are to be looked for among the cultivators of the land.     

Lord Chatam

The farmers are the founders of civilization and prosperity.     

Daniel Webster

He that would look good with contempt on the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy the name of a man.     

H.W. Beecher

The frost is God's plough which he drives through every inch of ground in the world, opening each clod, and pulverizing the whole.     

Fuller

Command large fields but cultivate small ones.     

Virgil

Experiments that are made with spirit and accuracy are of incomparable value in every branch of natural philosophy; those of agriculture, which is the most useful of those branches, must be particularly valuable.     

Arthur Young

No man is born in possession of the art of living, any more than the art of agriculture; the one requires to be studied as well as the other, and a man can no more expect permanent satisfaction from actions performed at random than he can expect a good crop from seeds sown without due regard to soil and season.     

J.C. Loudon

A farm is like a man— however great the income if there is extravagance but little is left.     

Cato the Elder

All taxes must, at last, fall upon agriculture.     

Edward Gibbon

In the warmer, postglacial world, populations grew rapidly. Even before the last cold phase had ended, intensive patterns of plants use have been developed that were the precursors to agriculture and allowed populations to grow still further.     

Ash Amin

We stint ourselves in the matter of food in order to be able to spend on clothing and sink to greater misery day by day. We are bound to perish if the twin industries of agriculture and spinning as well as weaving disappear from our villages or our homes.      

Mahatma Gandhi

We have a very serious threat of losing enough soil moisture in a hotter world that agriculture here in the United States would be greatly affected.     

Albert Gore

At least seven members of Congress receive thousands of dollars in farm subsidies each year, and all but two sit on the agriculture committees that are writing the new farm policy.     

The New York Times

Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problem of wheat.     

Socrates

The farmer will never be happy again; / He carries his heart in his boots; / For either the rain is destroying his grain / Or the drought is destroying his roots.     

A.P. Herbert

Grain is the currency of currencies.     

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs or has not been around a manure pile.     

Harry S. Truman

Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the cornfield.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

He was a long-limbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving, law-abiding, rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping socialism.     

Joseph Heller

No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer.     

S.J. Perelman

Blessed be agriculture! If one does not have too much of it.     

Charles Dudley Warner

BUrn down your cities and leave our farms and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.     

William Jennings Bryan

Agriculture is the keystone of our economic structure. The wealth, welfare, prosperity and even the future freedom of this nation are based upon the soil.     

Louis Bromfield

The barn is America at its fragrant and warmest best. It stands for the genius of a nation built of rich soil and fat cattle.     

Robert P. Tristram

It was the best place to be, thought Wilbur, this warm delicious cellar, with the garrulous geese, the changing seasons, the heat of the sun, the passage of swallows, the nearness of rats, the sameness of sheep, the love of spiders, the smell of manure, and the glory of everything.     

E.B. White

Farmers are totally dependent on oil companies, machinery companies, fertilizer and pesticide companies. Farmers are, in one sense, helpless subjects of the corporate kingdoms of agriculture.     

Wes Jackson