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Whats farming like?
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melissa darling    Posted 05-09-2002 at 12:11:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hello. my name is melissa darling i am 15
years old and i want to be a farmer when i get
older i am doing a school project on it and i
need to know thwings like what daily life would
be like and the products and positions people
can have and how much each get paid,
livstoke and other important information i need
to know. thank you for your time. please get
back to me soon as possible. and if you have
any one my age have them e-mail me to know
whats it's like for them as well. again thatnk
you.

-melissa-


michelle    Posted 05-10-2002 at 19:37:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wonderful. Hatefull. Beautiful. Ugly. Interesting. Monotoneus. To be a farmer you must have the desire; no compulsion, to grow things. Be it cattle, tomatoes, pigs, beans, corn, children, or in my case all the above, you have to truely enjoy it or it isn't worth it. I live on a small farm in Arkansas. My husband has a full time job outside the farm. I am producing farm raised, organic pork and vegatables. We also have cattle and chickens. It is hard work!!! But the rewards are great. My children eat the best food possible. We make a decent a income from the farm and I can afford to be a "housewife". My lifestyle is not for everyone. You ALLWAYS have to feed, water, check on, deliver, trouble shoot, or clean up after the livestock: or plant, till, mulch, pick, sell, or put up the produce. There is another barn to build. There are more water lines we have to dig. I have to pay the water and electric bill. I need to get an accounting program to make tax time easier. We have chosen this. WHY??? Because....



Ron/PA    Posted 05-10-2002 at 09:42:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Mellisa,
I hope that I can answer your questions about what it's like to be a farmer.
If you've ever driven down the road and seen the farms in your area, you see what looks like a life made in heaven, and for the right people it is.
If you want to know about the pay for owning a family farm, I'm afraid that the answer is not a very rosy one. A farmer can have as much as a million dollars invested in land and equipment to NET, less than a union truck driver can make in 8 hours a day. He has no retirement, or health insurance unless he provides it himself, after all he is the management and labor, in many cases.
If you want to see larger financial payments then perhaps you want to consider "commercial farm management" most large corporate held farms hire their managers and look for alot of education in the related field.
As far as what positions can be held on a family farm, consider any one of these:
CEO, and President,, Treasurer, accountant, farm manager, herdsman, laborer, equipment operator, animal health specialist, pest controll specialist, or manure shoveler, maybe cook, or household manager, and don't forget the need for onsite mechanics. All of these are positions held on every family farm, and they are usually held by just a chosen few, Mom, Dad, and the kids!!!!
Mellisa, in short, the work is hard, the days long, the nights short, and the pay stinks, on top of that this is one of the most injury prone industies in the country.
If you think that this is a complaint coming from me YOU'RE WRONG This is exactly why we keep doing it, the problem is that you have to have more than a desire, you have to need it and love it or it will drive you to drink! (and trust me, there ain't no time for that either)
PLEASE get to know some of the local farmers in your area and meet their families, spend some time with them and see if this life is what you want, if so, God bless you, cause some days he's your only friend, and other days he's the only one you need
Good Luck
Ron


Larry    Posted 05-09-2002 at 16:08:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I only farm part time. If you want to see a little what farming can be like take a look at my home page.


Mama Bear    Posted 05-09-2002 at 14:32:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Melissa Darling,

You will probably get good response on this board but also try "Tractor Tales". There's a lot of farmers over there as well. Just log in on the net and type Tractor Tales, the first one that comes up is the one you click on. That will take you there. Wish I could help more. Have fun!


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