Retirement isn't for everyone

Kevin Hursh is a consulting agrologist, journalist and editor of AgriSuccess. Based in Saskatoon, Kevin also operates a grain farm near Cabri, Sask.

Many friends and acquaintances my age are retired, considering retirement or have a timetable worked out for when they will retire. Heck, one of my lifelong friends the same age as me retired about 10 years ago. 

Some ag college classmates several years my junior have retired from their professional careers, although it’s interesting to note that some of them have “retired” to become even more active at farming.

Personally, I don’t like the term retirement. As a self-employed agriculture consultant and journalist, my list of contracts has steadily evolved over the years. As time goes by, I may change the mix of work I undertake and I’ll probably choose a lighter workload, but if you’re involved in projects you like, why would you want to quit?

The same goes for farming. The mix of crops and cropping practices has become ever more interesting. Our equipment is old by many people’s standards, but it has steadily improved over the years, making the work easier. Why quit when it’s so much fun?

Some people retire so they can travel or golf or spend more time with kids and grandkids. Many of them make a quick transition to a very different lifestyle. My golf game sucks, we don’t have any grandkids yet and in the summertime I’d rather do crop tours than look at mountain scenery.

My retirement – and I hesitate to even use the word – will be more of an evolution, body and mind willing. If I’m fortunate, I’ll never be fully retired.

What are your retirement thoughts and plans? A quick transition to retirement, or more of an evolutionary approach?

From an AgriSuccess article (November 2017) by Kevin Hursh

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