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I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists;
in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging;
for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure,
and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so -- for others as well as myself;
in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends on me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert and influence in my home and community
which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
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