Myth: Farming involves mostly manual labor with no higher education needed.
Here’s the thing, farming is a business. Farmers are entrepreneurs. More and more people who are farm business owners have attended college and received an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in business of some sort.
On our farm, all of the guys who are involved have graduated college with 4-year degrees. Not that a degree makes all the difference, but what does make a difference, is their continual effort to learn and improve.
They have learned a lot from how dad and grandpa did things, and those lessons are valuable. However, without making changes and improvements for themselves, the farm business wouldn’t be able to grow and prosper.
My favorite conversations with my husband involve talking about things like soil biology and interactions with different nutrient levels and ratios. We have these in-depth conversations about what we’ve been learning and how we can implement changes to be better. We talk about the business side of things, along with marketing and ways we can be more profitable.
There’s a lot that goes into efficiently running a farm business. It’s a whole heck of a lot more than driving a tractor in circles around a field. Stick around here long enough, and we’ll show you some of the pieces to this puzzle.