Women don’t want to put up with Burkhardt’s 18- to 20-hour days in the summer and don’t understand his dedication.The lack of money in farming doesn’t help either, he said. Many people outside farming don’t realize that a farmer’s life revolves around the weather, said single beef farmer Nathan Myers, 24.“When the sun shines, you make hay,” he said.Despite the long hours, Krabill, 25, said it is also difficult to meet people is because there isn’t much socialization working on a farm. He left a successful career in Wyoming to come to Ohio and live the life of a farmer because he wanted to survive off the land and be self-sufficient.
Renee of Jefferson County, Ohio, said the biggest reason her six-year marriage ended in divorce was because her husband wanted her to give up her horses and the farming lifestyle.“My horses are a big part of who I am and how I define myself,” Renee said.
“To be fair, he knew it would not be fair to ask me to give up that part of myself – I would have ended up resenting him.”Looking back on this experience, Renee, 35, said she realizes it is important to find someone who knows exactly what they’re getting into when dating someone involved with agriculture.“With the right person, he or she will show an interest regardless of whether they’re a [farmer],” she said.
As if farming isn’t exhausting enough, finding a date proves to be even harder.“You probably hear all the talk about saving the family farm and farmland preservation,” said Jon Krabill, a single farmer in Louisville, Ohio.
“Well, I’ve got news for you, you can’t save the family farm without a family! The long, demanding hours are one of the biggest problems facing single farmers.
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