Have the challenges of farming changed?

Updated Nov 23 

Have the challenges of farming truly changed much over the decades or have our expectations changed? Has the affluence of our nation since WWII impacted our perception of agriculture when compared to 70 years ago? Do we need/want more now to feel that we are successful? As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am sincerely interested in your thoughts on these questions. Thank you and please write as long a response as you deem necessary.

1 Answer

By Becky Johnson
Published Dec 5 

This is an interesting question.

I think farming has always been, and will always be, challenging. The specifics change--increased fungicide resistance, more ways for misinformation to spread among consumers, more people within the industry even who say “it has to be done this way or else you’re bad,” etc. But, I tend to think that the general challenges--in farming and life--stay the same throughout time.

I love this quote by John Jeavons: “Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication and many accomplishments, owes the fact of his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”