1. Farmers are just in it for the money
Some people believe that farmers only pursue agriculture as a career in order to get rich. With the money and stress farmers have to invest into the farm to make it successful, it’s hard to believe wealth is the sole reason for their decision. Farming is passed down from generations and most farmers continue operating the farm because they believe it’s a noble cause and helps the community.
2. Organic means better
Grocery store products labelled with an “organic” sticker are usually more expensive and therefore people think the items are better than conventionally grown crops. The truth is that farmers who practice organic agriculture still use pest and weed management methods to keep their crops safe from pests and diseases. Chances are a conventionally grown and organically produced apple look, smell and taste the same.
3. Agriculture is a large contributor to greenhouse gasses
With the machinery used and the livestock production of methane, agriculture is seen as a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This is untrue because as machinery technology continues to improve, fuel efficiency tends to increase and emissions decrease. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, agriculture was responsible for only 9% of greenhouse gasses in 2013.
4. Agriculture is a man’'s world
There’s a misconception that agriculture today, as it was in generations past, is reserved for men. That couldn’t be further from the truth as women are just as, if not more involved in agriculture than their male counterparts. For example, in West Virginia, about 29% of farmers are women and they’re responsible for more than 1.25 million acres of land.
5. There are no jobs in agriculture
There are some people that believe that agriculture is restricted to farming and farming only when it comes to career choices. That couldn’t be further from the truth as agriculture lends itself to countless career paths. From agronomists and veterinarians to mechanics, tradesmen, marketing and transportation professionals, the job opportunities are almost limitless and websites like AgCareers.com can help in the search process.
6. Farmers aren’t concerned with the environment
Because farmers use pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other methods to ensure a successful harvest, some people think farmers don’t care about the environment. This is untrue as farmers rely on the environment to help crops grow. Rain, wind, sunshine and even snow help grow healthy crops. Farmers are always looking for the newest tools and methods to grow great crops while minimizing the impact on the environment.
7. Farmers lack in education
Some people believe that farmers choose to farm because they have a limited education. This is untrue as many farmers have a formal education from schools in Canada, the United States and abroad. By studying agronomy, agribusiness, crop sciences and other agricultural subjects, farmers emerge from their studies with the latest tools needed to take on farming.
8. Farmers aren’'t concerned with animal wellbeing
Some people think that farmers only raise animals to be sold and aren’t invested in the animal’s health and happiness. The truth is that farmers care for farm animals as if they were part of the family. In addition to keeping livestock happy, healthy, fed and warm, farmers also help deliver calves, piglets and other animals when livestock is pregnant.
9. Most farms are owned by corporations
There is a misconception that most farms are large, corporate operations who only care about the bottom line and not about the health of the animals and crops involved. However, the truth is that most farms are owned and operated by families who’ve passed the farms down through generations. According to a USDA news release from March 2015, there are 2.1 million farms in the United States and 97% of them are family owned.