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10 reasons to marry a farmer

Erica Louder for Progressive Forage Published on 02 April 2019
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I didn’t marry a farmer, but I am married to one now. There is a difference, if ever so slight. When he chose to purchase that first cow, all I could do was shake my head and laugh. I knew he had some ambition to farm life, but I did not realize the depth of that ambition.

Today, I have a much better idea; our cattle herd speaks to that. Over the years, our family and our farm have grown and so has my list of reasons why I recommend marrying a farmer. It’s not for the faint of heart, but don’t let the hard work scare you away. It’s all worth it, I promise.

Here are my top 10 reasons why farmers make the best spouses:

  1. We don’t need to pay for marriage therapy. We just work cattle. 
  2. The driveway needs plowed. No stress, there is equipment for that (and a million other useful tasks). 
  3. The potential headache of trying to divide farm assets (and debt) is enough to ward off any thoughts of divorce. 
  4. The best dates are in a tractor cab, on a tailgate or on the back of a horse. 
  5. Tilling our 200-square-foot garden is accomplished in two minutes flat. 
  6. You are continually surprised at your good fortune when he takes the time to “clean up good.”
  7. Lots of free hats, some free clothing and the occasional free trip thanks to (insert seed/chemical/drug company or farm organization here).
  8. Farm work creates an appetite; no one is complaining about my cooking. 
  9. Fresh air, fresh food and panoramic views. 
  10. And yeah, I think his tractor is sexy.

This list deserves one honorable mention – the infamous farmer’s tan. But remember, that healthy glow ends at the neck and sleeve line. Maybe the best reason to marry a farmer: It’s something you do together. Most farmwives are farmers in their own right. You deserve plenty of credit for all that success.

Let us know what you love about being married to a farmer.  end mark

Erica Louder is a freelance writer based in Idaho. Email Erica Louder.

PHOTO: When married to a farmer, it doesn't hurt to have a decent life insurance policy. Photo by Erica Louder.