They Said It

“Our farmers deserve praise, not condemnation; and their efficiency should be cause for gratitude, not something for which they are penalized.”
President John F. Kennedy


“Cultivators are the most valuable citizens…they are tied to their country.”
President Thomas Jefferson


“In no other country do so few people produce so much food, to feed so many, at such reasonable prices.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower


“It will not be doubted that with reference either to individual or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance…”
President George Washington


“The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.”
President John F. Kennedy


“I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman’s cares.”
President George Washington


“Agriculture…is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”
President Thomas Jefferson


“…no other human occupation opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture.”
President Abraham Lincoln


“Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.”
William Jennings Bryan


“Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together.”
Jonathan Swift