Farm Experience

Ways to learn about farming

Kim Hathaway, a Fredericktown farmer, states that farmers learn 90% of what they need to know about farming, in the field. "Most of it's common sense, a lot of hard knocks. You know, when you're lambing, you learn in a hurry to become a veterinarian." Bruce Rickard, a sheep farmer, says that, "every problem we face is a very localized problem. What works on my farm may not work on the farm next door. And the only way you learn that is by experience on your farm." So, farm life is one way to learn about farming.

In high school students can take classes in vocational agriculture. Kids your age can learn about agriculture in clubs like 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). Farmers gain more knowledge through groups like the Farm Bureau, The Grange, and the Ohio State Agricultural Extension Office.

Farmers feed calf
Knox County farmers feed calf
Photo by Rachel Balkcom
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