Posted in memory of my father, Joe E. Steele, Jr., who passed away October 29, 2001, age 96, Centerville, Iowa.  He operated and cared for the family farm from 1936-2001.  He revered and lived the Farmer's Creed which he framed and hung on the wall in the family home.  This Creed was read at graveside services at the Cemetery, Sharon Chapel Church, November 1, 2001.  The family farmstead and about three fourths of the farm can be seen from the gravesite.  The source of his wall hanging is noted below the Farmer's Creed.  In an effort to clarify the origin, three internet sites containing the Farmer's Creed were located.  Pages from the three sites have also been posted in case others are interested.  The three sites located were Times-Union, Warsaw, IN; Grain News, Canada; and New Holland, New Holland, PA.  The New Holland link appears to clarify its origin.
Posted by James L. Steele, November 10, 2001.

A Farmer's Creed



I believe a man's greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character.

I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.

I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can't buy.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned in no other way.

I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free: the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man, and by this standard I fear no judgement.

I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he's lived.

I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.


From: Keeping Faith with the Farmer... A Bicentennial Tribute...
in a ©1974 publication of Sperry New Holland, a Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, framed and revered by Joe E. Steele, Jr. and Dena E. Steele, Centerville, IA, typed and reprinted by James L. Steele, November 1, 2001.