No One is Worthless

25 Jan

Last week while I was working hard (earning my salary) educating agriculture association members, yahoo writer Terence Loose released an article on College Majors That are Useless .  Three of the five College Majors listed were Agriculture, Animal Science, and Horticulture.

Loose’s article is based on one study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ which surveyed almost 1,000 employers.  I have to ask….How many were Agriculture Based?

I give you this FACT from the National FFA Organization:

I proudly join the millions that are employed in the Agriculture Sectors.

Loose asks his readers, “Want to make sure you don’t pick a dud of a degree?”

Really, a veterinarian who started with an undergraduate degree is Animal Science is a dud.It probably never dawned on Loose and the average reader that many Agriculture (in general terms) majors are self-employed or small business owners.

A Career Path is never straight.  It takes curves, hard right turns, loose left turns, rapid downhills, steep uphills, and many potholes.  However, I do not call the women and men who work somewhere in the production process- to feed you, cloth you, and provide other wonderful products- a “DUD”.  Are we biting the hand that feeds you? A College Degree is necessary to earn a decent wage but the degree does not make the person.  Your experience, knowledge, and attitude makes one successful.

A College Major selection should be selected on passion and not how you can make the most money with little work.

In the words of Confucius:

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. 


Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “No One is Worthless

  1. Marcie Williams

    January 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Love your response but have a bone to pick with you over your comment “a college degree is necessary to earn a decent wage”. Listen to Mike Rowe (Dirtiest Jobs) to see what he testified about to Congress on jobs. []. Think of the men and women that keep your farm running that did not go to college but vocatonal and technical schools. Education is the important thing, no matter where it comes from.

    Mr Loose’s comments should make every farmer in America mad enough to respond to him personally. I applaud you for your abiity to show his ignorance in the social media forum.

  2. farmchiclogic

    January 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    You have every right to call me on the carpet. The article was written for individuals seeking a college major and I took that perspective. I strongly believe that you can earn a great living without a college education but times are changing. Agriculture is a business, science, and great customer service. My advice for any graduating high school or individual making a career change that now they need a B.S. degree to farm. That is the rule at our house even if we can bring the children back. The world of farming is highly competitive and you need to experience off the farm before returning (if you can).

    I respect the generations before me that did learned by doing and glad they taught me so many things but my generation and the next need college experience in my personal opinion.

    I completely agree that we all should explain to Mr. Loose the importance of Agriculture and support activities to encourage the next generation of agriculturalists.

  3. NebraskaWheatie

    February 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂


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