By Aaron S. Birk
Thursday, October 12, 2000
You know that song "Mamas, Don''t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys"? Well, maybe there aren''t enough farmers and ranchers in our country anymore. Maybe our society is chock-full of lawyers, doctors, and celebrity hopefuls. What happens when nobody wants to grow food, mine ore, or build cars for a living?
Do you think a majority of people want to be rich and famous? Yes, people want public notoriety--that little piece of the spotlight. It''s like, "You want me to drive this combine around a field for low pay for eight hours? No way."
Do you think farming and other heavy industrial jobs are underrated? Yes, because they''re the ones doing all the hard work and we take it for granted.
What did you study in school? Criminology. It was an easy way to get into that kind of human behavior without being a cop.
What job do you want in life? I would like to be a bartender that dances on the bar like in that one movie.
What kind of job do you think young people want? Oh, like a rock star and stuff.
Would anyone your age want to be a farmer? No, because you''re in the sun all day, it''s hard, and you get dirty.
Dopeople want to work at something more glamorous than your average farm or industry job? I think most people just want to make a decent living.
How important is agriculture to our society? Farming is very important. Without farming we wouldn''t eat.
What profession makes civilization possible? One job would be surveying, and agriculture will feed a civilization.