How Farmers Learn What They Know
Farmers have to know about all of the different subjects you study in school.
They have to apply math, science, history, computer science, and history in order to be successful farmers. Sure a farmer can learn some of the things he/she needs to know from books, but some of the best information is learned from first hand experience.
Here are four great ways farmers learn what they need to know.
Many farmers learn what they know from their family, friends, or neighbors who are farmers.
The Farm Bureau
- In many ways, the Farm Bureau is the "Voice of Agriculture." It is a non-governmental political organization that fights for farmers' rights.
The Ohio State University Extension Agency
- The OSU Extension Agency is the "out reach arm" of the the agricultural part of Ohio State University. They are involved in educational programing and research, as well as, answering many agricultural questions.
- The Grange is like a fraternity for farmers. It is a group that reinforces family and religious values as well as giving farmers a group with whom to discuss the problems with farming today.
4-H Youth Organization
is an agricultural club for kids who want to learn more about the world around them. 4-H sponsors many hands-on educational programs and is probably best known for its projects, like raising animals for county fairs.
Future Farmers of America
is an organization that prepares and supports young people who want to have careers that involve agriculture. Their education program includes hands-on learning as well as class room learning.
Some farmers get a formal education in farming by going to an agricultural college. One thing all farmers agree on is that experienceis the best teacher.