Farmfront Board Director
They may feel misunderstood in their professions. Not that it is a surprise. There’s kind of a bubble around their industry. A gleam and a tarnish that makes their profession stand out. A group of them came together at one of their largest yearly gatherings. They then gathered words like these to describe their procession.
“challenge”, “break”, “creative”, “understand”
Defining a Profession
Speaking as someone who grew up with and around farmers, I’d say these are core to the farming experience. Probably throw in other words like “dirty” and maybe “dammit”, but otherwise this is farm life. Machines break. Economic and food systems get in the way and get things out of the way. Animals can act stupid. Resources are limited. There’s a job that’s got to finish up and it will be.
There’s just one wrinkle in this description. That group of professionals asked to describe their professions? Those were hackers.
Farm Kids Ready to Keep It Going
So where to next for agriculture to keep up with technology as before? Farm kid, Luke Silinski, is already thinking of it. He founded Agtech Steam. He gave a neat interview with Tim Hammerich on The Future of Agriculture Podcast in May 2020. He wants fellow rural kids to get interested in coding. Agtech Steam aspires to help them get inspired and build skills so their keeping up with the technologies available to take agriculture to the next level.
Whether it’s with a raspberry pi or baling wire, you can be pretty confident a farmer will get the job done.
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