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‘Why do you want to be a farmer?’
I was asked that question many times in the days when I was seeking to enter the industry, for it was beyond the comprehension of many farmers—and even more farmers’ wives—that anyone whose education and talents would permit him to take up any other occupation should choose such a hard and exacting calling . I often use it now to test the natural aptitude of those who approach me on the same errand , and to determine how much thought has been given to a choice of a career. To ask , as well , what occupation would most appeal if agriculture were denied to them will also give an indication of their suitability for a life on the land. The final test is to enquire what they believe to be the greatest difficulties and hardships in a farmer’s life .
Every prospective farmer should ask himself those questions, with many heart-searchings , if he is to succeed as a farmer. They may save him many disappointments and a sad disillusionment . Every farmer, thinking of taking a pupil, will find them invaluable in winnowing the grain from the chaff. Even farmers’ sons who have drifted into their fathers’ occupation may find them useful in the reorientation of their ideas if they are to get anywhere in the industry…