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Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

The Farmer's Creed

Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Have you ever just aimlessly searched the Internet? Or have you ever clicked on a link that a Facebook friend posted? Then after 20 minutes and several clicks later you find yourself engrossed in someone’s blog, reading post after post because you’re learning, inspired, or intrigued.

Last night, I did just that. I couldn’t tell you how I got there. It was late. I couldn’t sleep. And I was stressed. I had no idea what I was going to write about in my blog post.

But then I found it. The perfect poem to read on a cold winter day, as I know many farmers are either working tirelessly to take care of livestock, working on equipment preparing for spring, or working at a desk writing checks.

It was written nearly 100 years ago by an Illinois farmer named Frank I. Mann. And even though there are so many years between us, many of his points pertain to farmers today.


The Farmer’s Creed
I believe in a permanent agriculture; a soil that will grow richer rather than poorer from year to year.

I believe in 100-bushel corn and in 50-bushel wheat, and I shall not be satisfied with anything less.

I believe that the only good weed is a dead weed, and that a clean farm is as important as a clean conscience.

I believe in the farm boy and in the farm girl, the farmer’s best crops, the future’s best hope.

I believe in the farm woman and will do all in my power to make her life easier and happier.

I believe in the country school that prepares for country life and a country church that teaches its people to love deeply and live honorably.

I believe in community spirit, a pride in home and neighbors, and I will do my part to make my community the best in the State.

I believe in the farmer, I believe in farm life, I believe in the inspiration of the open country.

I am proud to be a farmer, and I will try earnestly to be worthy of the name.

(A special thank you to Prairie Bluestem for featuring this wonderful poem in her blog. According to the author, her source is Kentucky Arbor and Bird Day 1914-1915, compiled by Mrs. V. O. Gilbert. Published in Frankfort, Kentucky by the State Journal Company, no publishing or copyright date given.)

Now, what would your creed say? We’d love to hear your creeds below or on the Why I Farm Facebook page.

And just in case you’re wondering, a new Why I Farm video will be released next Wednesday. And you won’t expect who we are featuring this time. Stay tuned…


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