It was on this day in 1889 that Grover Cleveland signed the law making the Department of Agriculture a Cabinet-level entity. Agriculture had always been important, of course, but as government became more important the farmers wanted a voice at the most important discussions. I don't think anybody has been happier as a result, and a lot of people have had things to say about it.
As someone who has been spending my share of time playing the Farmville and Farm Town games on Facebook, I can tell you, this farming stuff is definitely not easy [:)]
Below are some quotes on agriculture and farming, my favorite is without a doubt, Milton Friedman’s.
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890 – 1969
“Little ol' boy in the Panhandle told me the other day you can still make a small fortune in agriculture. Problem is, you got to start with a large one.” – Jim Hightower
“The crime bill passed by the Senate would reinstate the Federal death penalty for certain violent crimes: assassinating the President; hijacking an airliner; and murdering a government poultry inspector.” – Knight Ridder News Service dispatch
“Farm policy, although it's complex, can be explained. What it can't be is believed. No cheating spouse, no teen with a wrecked family car, no mayor of Washington, DC, videotaped in flagrante delicto has ever come up with anything as farfetched as U.S. farm policy.” – P. J. O'Rourke
“The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.” – Milton Friedman, 1912 – 2006
“The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.” – Will Rogers, 1879 – 1935