As much as we all like Carrie Underwood’s music, there is a line in her song “Smoke Break” that I wish she would change. It goes like this:

“He’s a big-city, hard-working man just trying to climb the ladder
First generation to go to college instead of driving a tractor
Never had nothing handed to him on a silver platter
It’s hard to be a good man, good son, do something good that matters”

I don’t think for a minute that she intended to put down a man who drives a tractor (a farmer), but it comes across that way. Those who are not smart enough to go to college end up being farmers (driving a tractor). Do you know the average age of the American farmer is almost 60? That statistic should scare you! College is a good thing, but it should never be seen as a way off the farm. Farming is a noble and necessary calling. We need more smart, talented young people to take farming on as a way of life or the American Farmer will slowly disappear. No farmers, no food.

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