77 Agricultural Quotes and Sayings on Farm and Farming

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Agricultural Quotes and Sayings

A sustainable agriculture does not deplete soils or people. ~ Wendell Berry.

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

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.


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

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

Large-scale deforestation can be prevented while increasing food production through better, smarter agriculture. ~ Paul Polman.

Industrial agriculture freed many people to pursue lives their parents and grandparents could never have. It made America modern. ~ Michael Specter.

A farmer is a magician who produces money from the mud. ~ Amit Kalantri.

In some places of the world, Water is more precious than oil… so turning sand into soil makes sense. ~ Efrat Cybulkiewicz.

Farming is a profession of hope. ~ Brian Brett.

All taxes must, at last, fall upon agriculture. ~ Edward Gibbon.

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.

If farm ecology and economics go wrong, nothing else will go right in agriculture. ~ M. S. Swaminathan.

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

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

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

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

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.

Best Agricultural Quotes and Sayings

We stave 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.

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.

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.

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

Grain is the currency of currencies. ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

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.

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

Top Agricultural Quotes and Sayings

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.

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.

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


A fertile soil alone does not carry agriculture to perfection. ~ Elias Hasket Derby.

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.

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

Blessed be agriculture! If one does not have too much of it. ~ Charles Dudley Warner.

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.

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 Chatham.

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.

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.

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.

The farmers are the founders of civilization and prosperity. ~ Daniel Webster.

Popular Agricultural Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Command large fields but cultivate small ones. ~ Virgil.

A farmer is always going to be rich next year. ~ Philemon.

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 as they are tied to their country. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

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

A farm is like a man – however great the income if there is extravagance but little is left. ~ Cato the Elder.

Famous Agricultural Quotes and Sayings

A strong America…depends on its farms and natural resources. ~ John F. Kennedy.

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

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.


An agricultural life is one eminently calculated for human happiness and human virtue. ~ C. L. Allen.

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.

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.

Agriculture is a fundamental source of national prosperity. ~ J. J. Mapes.

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 is at the core of the state. ~ Dave Cook.

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

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

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

The farmer works the soil, The agriculturist works the farmer. ~ Eugene F. Ware.

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.

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

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

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

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

Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.


No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer. ~ S. J. Perelman.

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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.

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.

Agriculture engenders good sense, and good sense of an excellent kind. ~ Joseph Joubert.

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.

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