Agriculture is all about growing plants and raising animals for food.
It’s super important for a country’s success because it helps meet our basic needs – food, water and a place to live.
Even though business and tech are booming, agriculture is still at the heart of everything.
Here are 80 quotes that show just how important farming is. They also remind us that it doesn’t get the attention it deserves, especially with all the focus on tech these days.
These quotes highlight how important farming is in our society. They warn us of the big problems we’d face if farming disappeared, since it’s key to keeping us alive.
The quotes on farming also remind us of our farming heritage. Many of our ancestors depended on farming to make a living.
These quotes help us appreciate just how important farming is in our everyday lives.
Best Agriculture Quotes
Agriculture is the most destructive industry that we have. More than coal mining and other extractive industries. ~ Allan Savory.
The farmers are the founders of civilization and prosperity. ~ Daniel Webster.
A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus. ~ E. B. White.
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. ~ Andy Warhol.
It feels good at the end of the day to know you made a product that other people are going to enjoy. ~ Jericho Sanchez.
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 only worry during the growing season, but townspeople worry all the time. ~ Edgar Watson Howe.
To be a farmer is to be a student forever, for each day brings something new. ~ John Connell.
Farming isn’t a battle against nature, but a partnership with it. It is respecting the basics of nature in action and ensuring that they continue. ~ Jeff Koehler.
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization. ~ Daniel Webster.
The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. ~ Will Rogers.
Powerful Agriculture Quotes
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 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 for an honorable and high-minded man, is the best of all occupations or arts by which men procure the means of living. ~ Xenophon.
No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer. ~ S. J. Perelman.
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.
A strong America…depends on its farms and natural resources. ~ John F. Kennedy.
If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right in the country. ~ M. S. Swaminathan.
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.
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 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.
Top Agriculture Quotes
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.
Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man ~ George Washington.
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.
No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs or has not been around a manure pile. ~ Harry S. Truman.
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.
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise. ~ Thomas Jefferson.
A sustainable agriculture does not deplete soils or people. ~ Wendell Berry.
Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own. ~ Samuel Johnson.
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.
Someday men will learn to irrigate and spread fertilizer instead of praying for fertility. ~ Warren Eyster.
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.
Command large fields but cultivate small ones. ~ Virgil.
Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Famous Agriculture Quotes
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.
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 process of turning eco-systems into people. ~ Toby Hemenway.
Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness. ~ Thomas Jefferson.
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.
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 the foundation of manufactures, since the productions of nature are the materials of art. ~ Edward Gibbon.
A fertile soil alone does not carry agriculture to perfection. ~ Elias Hasket Derby.
If farm ecology and economics go wrong, nothing else will go right in agriculture. ~ M. S. Swaminathan.
If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest. ~ Douglas Jerrold.
The agriculture we seek will act like an ecosystem, feature material recycling and run on the contemporary sunlight of our star. ~ Wes Jackson.
Popular Agriculture Quotes
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.
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 farmer works the soil, The agriculturist works the farmer. ~ Eugene F. Ware.
A farm is like a man – however great the income if there is extravagance but little is left. ~ Cato the Elder.
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 was the first occupation of man, and as it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries. ~ Edward W. Stewart.
All taxes must, at last, fall upon agriculture. ~ Edward Gibbon.
To make agriculture sustainable, the grower has got to be able to make a profit. ~ Sam Farr.
Farming is a profession of hope. ~ Brian Brett.
Great Agriculture Quotes
Agriculture engenders good sense, and good sense of an excellent kind. ~ Joseph Joubert.
Agriculture is at the core of the state. ~ Dave Cook.
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.
A sustainable agriculture is one which depletes neither the people nor the land. ~ Wendell Berry.
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. ~ Masanobu Fukuoka.
There is no time in modern agriculture for a farmer to write a poem or compose a song ~ Masanobu Fukuoka.
Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness. ~ Thomas Jefferson.
Blessed be agriculture! If one does not have too much of it. ~ Charles Dudley Warner.
The tremendous increase in productivity in American farms is really the most astonishing phenomenon in the free world. ~ John F. Kennedy.
A farmer is always going to be rich next year. ~ Philemon.
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 people who line on our farms make it possible for this country to progress as it has. ~ John F. Kennedy.
Agriculture Quotes on Farming
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.
It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil. ~ Peter Maurin.
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.
Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problem of wheat. ~ Socrates.
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.
An agricultural life is one eminently calculated for human happiness and human virtue. ~ C. L. Allen.
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.
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.
Cultivators are the most valuable citizens as they are tied to their country. ~ Thomas Jefferson.
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 is a fundamental source of national prosperity. ~ J. J. Mapes.
Grain is the currency of currencies. ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest. ~ Douglas Jerrold.
Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling, for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God. ~ Jefferson.
So these were the 80 quotes about Agriculture.