Why “Farm Kids” Succeed

What farming teaches youth

Mindy Ward, editor of the Prairie Farmer website and a self-described “Missouri Ruralist,” has a theory: Farm kids don’t just make it in the real world, they do better than their non-farm peers.

“There is nothing like daily chores to make a farm kid appreciate hard work. But what sets them apart is their motivation. When things fall apart in college — as sometimes they do — farm kids do not quit.”

So starts her thoughts on “Work Ethic,” one of 5 reasons she sees for farm kids’ success, the others being “Community Service,” “Communication Skills,” “Professional Development” and “Family Values.”

Do you agree?

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