Ag, short for agriculture, aka: the use of natural resources to produce food, fiber, and commodities.
Webster’s defines agriculture as:
– The science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.
So, in short, a farm + a farmer.
But slow your horses, don’t you dare take your thought train to overalls and pitchforks and “yee-haw!”
If we’re a little rough around the edges, it’s because we prefer to work with animals instead of people. If we stink, we’ll, manure and an outdoor office will do that to you. If we (still) wear overalls, well, by golly, they must be the most comfortable fashion in the closet.
We are the people that put food in your mouth, clothes on your back, and crayons in your child’s classrooms (thank you, soybeans).
You need the rough, stinky, overall-wearin’ folk.
And we need YOU.
“…the verdict of the family farm does not lie with either the farmer or with those who would devise policies to save him. “the verdict lies rather with the American people, and they have now passed judgement.” They feel no need for knowing the farmer, “someone who they are not,” and especially they do not wish to be confronted by someone “who reminds them of their past and not their future.” …What Americans really desire is “the security of the corporation and bureaucracy even as we hate what we have become.” We run from the farm “only to dream it might save us all yet.””
[Ronald Jager in his book The Fate of Family Farming, referencing Victor David Hanson, a California farmer and professor.]