According to a recent story on MSN, farming and ranching is the 10th most dangerous job in America these days! With 21 deaths per 100,000 workers in the past year, it is considerably less than #1: Loggers at 128 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
It was interesting clicking through the top 10 most dangerous jobs and frankly, none surprised me. I was surprised to see that according to their statistics, farmers and ranchers are the best paid--earning $33.32 per hour. Wonder if they used a 40-hour week for that calculation. I'm not complaining, but the last time I had a 40-hour work week, I commuted to an office to work! Farming and ranching is a 365 day, 7 days a week, 24 hour job. So if you do it, you better love it! We don't do it for the pay!!
Don't get me wrong, there are many schools offering classes on farming and ranching. There are also dedicated schools for future agriculturists. But the knowledge that the current farmers and ranchers have will be lost. I'm not saying we put our kids in dangerous situations with no training, or at too young of an age. But we do need their help in our daily jobs on the farm.