Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

January 2001


Published in Cornhusker Economics. January 10, 2001. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln .


What is the definition of a good farmer/rancher? Of course, that has always depended a great deal on whom you ask, as well as their age. As things have changed, so has this definition, in my opinion.

Working individually with many Nebraska farmers and ranchers over several years has given me a chance to recognize some patterns. Here are a few common threads, along with some reasons those valued qualities continue to change.