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.     


Agriculture is a fundamental source of national prosperity.     


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.     


A farmer is always going to be rich next year.     


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