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‘So God Made a Farmer’: A timeless homage to society’s unsung heroes

Dear folks, so many of you who will be reading this post are either farmers, related to a farmer, wishing you yourself could have been a farmer, deal with farmers as part of your work, or perhaps having a farmer as a neighbor or a distant relative or a friend of a friend who knows a farmer or have heard of a farmer via the grapevine…

Today I’d like to re-post (for yet another time) the epic and memorable – albeit decades-old – speech from a renowned radio broadcaster in America, Paul Harvey (who passed away in 2009).

In 1978, Harvey delivered a speech that resonated not only across the United States, but also around the globe. Even 45 years later, his words continue to inspire and provoke discussion. This article presents the text of his speech, as republished by The Atlantic in 2013, and the video published by

Paul Harvey’s speech begins with a divine narrative: “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So God made a farmer.”

Harvey proceeds to describe the ideal farmer, a figure who is willing to rise before dawn, work tirelessly in the fields, and contribute to community meetings after a long day’s work.

Harvey’s farmer is a figure of strength and gentleness, capable of wrestling a calf yet tender enough to deliver his own grandchild. This individual is someone who can endure the heartbreak of losing a newborn colt, yet remain hopeful for the next year. The farmer, according to Harvey, is a person who can craft tools from available resources, work beyond the standard forty-hour week, and still find the energy to help a neighbor in need.

The speech continues to depict the farmer as a figure of resilience and compassion, someone who can clear trees and heave bales, yet also tenderly care for lambs and piglets. Harvey’s farmer is a person who values integrity, working diligently to seed, weed, feed, breed, and more, without cutting corners.

Harvey concludes his speech by portraying the farmer as the glue that holds a family together, someone who responds with a smile when his son expresses a desire to follow in his footsteps.

“So God made a farmer,” Harvey ends, leaving a lasting tribute to the hardworking individuals in the agricultural sector of societies around the world.

For those interested in experiencing Harvey’s delivery of this speech, a video is available on YouTube, featuring a montage of images that honor farmers. The link to the YouTube video is: I am republishing it below, credit and courtesy

Harvey’s speech serves as a reminder of the enduring importance of farmers in our society. It is a tribute to their tireless work, resilience, and the integral role they play in our communities around the world.

Here is the text version of Paul Harvey’s speech:

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.”

So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.”

So God made a farmer.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon — and mean it.”

So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain’n from ‘tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours.”

So God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place.

So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church.

“Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life ‘doing what dad does.’”

So God made a farmer.

Sources: The Atlantic and
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