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Single, white farmer? [Dating service for farmers]
Country Today ^ | 2-9-06 | Megan Parker

Posted on 02/09/2006 7:29:40 PM PST by SJackson

The farmer in the dell takes a wife, but the cheese stands alone.

Some rural folks identify more with the cheese than the farmer. For those people, Jerry Miller has an answer: FarmersOnly.com, a dating Web site meant specifically for “sincere, down-to-earth people who respect and cherish the rural lifestyle.”

The Beachwood, Ohio, man runs an advertising agency that works for agribusinesses.

A divorced female farmer sparked his idea for FarmersOnly.com.

A stab at online dating frustrated the farmer because she met urbanites who couldn’t relate to her long hours and laborious work.

“She was afraid she was never going to meet anybody new,” said Mr. Miller, who’s been married for 28 years.

Mr. Miller said finding love is a serious problem for farmers and other rural folks, who often work dawn to dusk or longer and live in isolated areas where sweethearts paired up in high school. And there are fewer farmers than 20 years ago, said Harvey Eness, Wisconsin Singles in Agriculture president.

A 45-year-old from Troy, Mo., states in his FarmersOnly.com profile why it’s hard to find a partner.

“City girls like my profession but not my lifestyle,” he wrote.

The site, founded in May, exploded this winter after national and international media attention. It boasts 15,000 members, with 100 to 500 people joining every day, Mr. Miller said last week.

Daters creating a profile are asked what they raise or grow, though there are answer options for those who simply love a rural lifestyle.

A 43-year-old Illinois woman who goes by the online name quietcountrygirl suffers quietly through city life.

“I am a country girl who is currently in an office job, hating every minute of it!” she wrote.

Mr. Miller notes patterns in the types of people who use the site.

“It’s kind of a mix of just the rural people who can relate to farmers, people who used to be farmers, real farmers and just throw in a couple farmer-wannabes,” he said.

A 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., who goes by the online name jdfrmr writes in his online profile that he has high hopes for the site.

“Read about this site in a magazine and figured I’d hit pay dirt, so here I am,” he wrote.

Mr. Miller’s creation may contribute to the decline of groups such as Singles in Agriculture.

“We’re losing ground. We attribute it to computers,” Mr. Eness said.

The Wisconsin chapter has about 30 members, most around 60 years old, he said.

“We’ve tried a lot of different ideas and haven’t gotten the magic bullet,” Mr. Eness said of attempts to boost membership.

Singles in Agriculture isn’t a dating service, Mr. Eness said, but some find love while making new friends. After dancing with a woman, Mr. Eness spent the afternoon telling her about the group. The pair later married.

FarmersOnly.com may be young, but Mr. Miller hears of some marriages between people who met through the site.

“When you find out that you made it to where two people who have been lonely for a long time are getting married … that’s unbelievable,” he said.

Members sent 200,000 messages through the site in the last couple of weeks, Mr. Miller said.

Members can hide their profile from public view if they’re settling into a relationship. About 900 people had hidden theirs last week, Mr. Miller said.

“There must be a lot of relationships going,” he said.

Some farmers also seek a partner in the barn.

“One profile looked more like a job interview,” Mr. Miller said. “A lot of guys say, ‘You can’t be afraid to get your fingernails dirty.’”

Most farmers and rural folks detest dishonesty, Mr. Miller said.

“The No. 1 term used on the site is the word honesty,” he said.

Though Mr. Miller loves seeing his advertising work aid someone’s business, it doesn’t compare to pairing farmers.

“I love it. When I get e-mails from people saying they met somebody … that gives me more of a rush than anything I’ve ever done,” he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barn; country; countrygirl; farmers; girl; partner; partnerinthebarn; rural; ruralfolks; ruralsingles; singles

1 posted on 02/09/2006 7:29:42 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; MozartLover; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this Upper Midwest outdoors list, please FRmail me.

A little off topic.

2 posted on 02/09/2006 7:30:22 PM PST by SJackson ("Bin Laden our beloved, Denmark must be blown up," protesters in Ramallah)
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To: SJackson

I'm from an agricultural/rural area, and I've always been amazed at the number of straight, attractive, Christian, clean-living, hard-working, economically successful farmers who are single.


3 posted on 02/09/2006 7:31:59 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Chuck Cooperstein is a tool.)
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To: SJackson
What! No more Norwegian bachelor farmers?
4 posted on 02/09/2006 7:32:16 PM PST by Chickensoup (The water in the pot is getting warmer, froggies.The water in the pot is getting warmer, froggies.)
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To: SJackson

Would like to meet single woman, 35-50, non-smoker, must own tractor. Write me about your hopes and dreams. Send picture of tractor.


5 posted on 02/09/2006 7:38:33 PM PST by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: SJackson

There was a time when I thought about going into ag, just because it's good clean-living work out in the fresh air.

Kind of sorry that I didn't now.


6 posted on 02/09/2006 7:42:12 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: SJackson

If'n I can't buy the cow, I jus' might sample some milk.


7 posted on 02/09/2006 7:46:47 PM PST by FreedomFarmer (Push Me, Shove You - Oh, Yeah? Says Who? Push Me, Shove You -Oh, Yeah? Says Who?)
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To: SJackson

"[Dating service for farmers]"

What about his daughter?


8 posted on 02/09/2006 7:53:31 PM PST by frankjr
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To: FreedomFarmer
You just h-a-a-d to give me an excuse to post this pic:

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

You farmers must be gettin' mighty lonely! >8^)>~

9 posted on 02/09/2006 7:57:41 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: SJackson; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson; FreedomFarmer

People Husbandry!


10 posted on 02/09/2006 8:01:36 PM PST by martin_fierro (I signed up in 1997 to post *this*?)
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To: SJackson

Hey thanks for the info...I'm sure going to check this out as I could sure use a nice hard working lady who loves to drive tractors and work cattle....I hope shes an early riser as she will need to get my fish bait ready for me before the sun comes up and she has to go to work on the ranch....


11 posted on 02/09/2006 8:04:05 PM PST by OklaRancher
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To: SJackson

I love this! Have several single male friends I'm going to link this to. It seriously is difficult for rural singles to find someone.


12 posted on 02/09/2006 8:04:09 PM PST by buschbaby
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To: tickmeister

lolol


13 posted on 02/09/2006 8:08:59 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: Riley

My dad wanted to farm. He was a school administrator. He bought 20 acres, planted it with navel oranges; bought another 20 and did the same again. He literally ran into the house after he "got home from work," threw on his khaki pants and work shirt, grabbed between 1 and 6 kids and a sandwich, jumped into the truck, and off we went.

We spent a number of Christmas Eves lighting smudge pots and yelling Merry Christmas at midnight...


14 posted on 02/09/2006 8:12:52 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: lesser_satan

SWM, 34, cattle farmer. ISO nice ewe, 3-4, for lovin...


15 posted on 02/09/2006 8:14:41 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: RockinRight

You are so baaaaaad!


16 posted on 02/09/2006 8:22:32 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: RockinRight
LOL!

How do you tell the difference between Mick Jagger and a Scotsman?

Mick Jagger says "Hey, you, get off of my cloud!". A Scotsman says "Hey, McLeod, get off of my ewe!".

17 posted on 02/09/2006 8:31:45 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: lesser_satan

LMAO!


18 posted on 02/09/2006 8:32:22 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: lesser_satan

LOL. Thanks for the chuckle.


19 posted on 02/09/2006 8:33:08 PM PST by new cruelty
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To: SJackson

Wish this service had been around 30 years ago.


20 posted on 02/09/2006 8:41:04 PM PST by Dustbunny (Sometimes the angels fly close enough that you can almost feel the flutter of their wings)
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To: buschbaby

Two weeks ago I joined Match.com out of desperation. I punched in my search for 50 miles of my zip code and got 6 elgible women that were eight years either side of my age. The results were rather disappointing.


21 posted on 02/09/2006 8:50:56 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: tickmeister; proud_yank

Will a trackhoe do?

Just kidding.

Damn, buddy, that tractor probably causes more second-hand smoke damage than a danged cigarette!!!

Imagine how many rubber trees, in the rainforest, had to be cut down to manufacture those tractor tires. (Perplexed here).

My hope is to get up tomorrow and be better than I was yesterday, to live as long as I can, and to be as good a person as I can -- to treat others as I'd hope they would me.

I better get OUTTA here. I'm just LMAO at this thread.

Oh, and my dream is to win the lottery.


22 posted on 02/09/2006 9:26:05 PM PST by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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To: SJackson

"She thinks my tractor's sexy
It really turns her on"


23 posted on 02/10/2006 5:36:07 AM PST by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming)
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To: Chickensoup; SJackson

"What! No more Norwegian bachelor farmers?"

They're all here in Wisconsin, LOL!

I have two friends that are awesome guys. Hard working, manly outdoorsmen, hunters, excellent providers, decent jobs (though manual labor-types; one's a mechanic, one runs the local feed store), they clean up nice, have all their teeth and nice heads of hair. God-fearing, polite, they own homes and both have great senses of humor. A few tatoos from their younger days in the military, but nothing obnoxious; no pierced faces or anything, LOL!

Both are STILL single and in their 30's and want nothing more than to settle down and raise up a family.

I'm going to send them this link. You never know!

My Dad, who is 69, used a dating service last year to meet a new wife after my StepMom died of cancer. He just got back from his Honeymoon Cruise and things seem to be going well for him. She's a retired nurse, as conservative as he is, likes to travel, play cards, go to the theater, etc. Odds are pretty slim that they would've found one another in everyday life as they lived in different towns, but pretty much had parallel lives.

I met my husband of 10 years (been together 14) the old fashioned way...through a newspaper ad. He, too, was an eligible bachelor, and I felt comfortable meeting him after quite a few phone calls, and the fact that we ended up knowing mutual people, anyway. They just never thought of hooking the two of us up because we're quite different. ;)


24 posted on 02/10/2006 6:30:32 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Riley

"There was a time when I thought about going into ag, just because it's good clean-living work out in the fresh air...Kind of sorry that I didn't now."

It's never too late! I grew up in inner-city Milwaukee, WI. I've wanted to live on a farm and do that kind of work my entire life...and I finally did it when I was 35. All is not lost. :)


25 posted on 02/10/2006 6:32:41 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Both are STILL single and in their 30's and want nothing more than to settle down and raise up a family.

Do have have an older brother?

LOL

26 posted on 02/10/2006 6:39:46 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: apackof2

I can check for ya. Would you settle for an Uncle, maybe? ;)


27 posted on 02/10/2006 6:46:39 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: SJackson

Can't sleep? You can count me, baby. Single white female sheep seeking lonely farm man. Age, race unimportant.

28 posted on 02/10/2006 6:57:10 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: SJackson
This doesn't surprise me at all, rural people have computers. It is snotty and condescending to think they don't. My husband raises rodeo bulls and there is a website for him. The Breeders Connection, he loves it.
29 posted on 02/10/2006 7:05:12 AM PST by Ditter
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To: martin_fierro; SJackson; Charles Henrickson

For those who are tired of playing the field...


30 posted on 02/10/2006 9:57:37 AM PST by mikrofon (Welcome to the Ho-down)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Would you settle for an Uncle, maybe? ;)

Uncles are good!

31 posted on 02/10/2006 10:53:27 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: girlangler

Thats hilarious! My dream is to meet a prissy urbanite, who loves trendy bars that play crappy electric music, and uses the word 'like' repeatedly. Ok, shoot me now!

Why am I not surprised that someone had to put up a picture of a sheep!!


32 posted on 02/10/2006 10:55:40 AM PST by proud_yank (Good intentions + bad information = Recipe for disaster.)
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To: SJackson
Ewe light up my life, ...

Sorry... :o)
33 posted on 02/10/2006 11:01:45 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: bannie
When I was much younger I thought I wanted to raise chickens. I bought 300 baby chicks but they didn't make it. I tried again a few weeks later thinking it was just too cold the first time, purchasing 450. The second effort was no more successful than the first.

So I gave up... I never did figure out if I planted them too deep or too close together.

34 posted on 02/10/2006 11:02:29 AM PST by steveo (No Anchovies? You've got the wrong man, I spell my name steveo...)
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To: proud_yank

yank,

Make sure her idea of a romantic evening is a visit to the mall :)

Or watching Survivor on TV:)

Me, I'd rather be alligator hunting :)


35 posted on 02/10/2006 11:13:33 AM PST by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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To: steveo

THAT was too deep! I need my chicken-stuff boots...

;-)


36 posted on 02/10/2006 5:21:50 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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