I recently had a conversation with a couple of friends from college about farmers and relationships.

This lady did not hail from an agricultural background, but we had spent time together because we lived in the Hampton House, a historic building where a program devoted to servant-leadership was organized, so we had talked about a variety of subjects in the past, including Mormonism since one of the other residents was Mormon.

One of the things my old friend brought up was how she felt like it would be really trying as a farmer to meet new people. She recently had seen a commercial on TV advertising the dating website, FarmersOnly.com, and was tickled to see the animals on the farm complain about how their farmers never meet anyone.

Our chat had barely begun when I noticed that my mates were peppering it with all kinds of cute farm-related puns and colloquialisms. “I’ll bet people post all kinds of agr-appropriate pickup lines, like, ‘Hey baby, let’s combine,’” the girl joked.

Though I have no personal experience as a farmer, I did grow up in a small town, and I agreed that it would be hard to meet new people as a farmer. They have fewer opportunities primarily because there are a lot fewer people in rural areas than in cities.

Many of the current dating and social sites are based in cities, and people in rural areas are, therefore, unable to connect with anyone by using them.

Farmers also have less time to meet new people and date because they’re so busy farming. They wake up before the sun to farm, eat dinner, farm throughout the day and then farm some more before they go to sleep.

For most people, “dinner” usually is followed by a late-night movie, book, TV show, video game or other pastime before bed, but when farmers eat dinner, their day is only just beginning.

There also seems to exist in agriculture some trepidation when it comes to meeting new people. Farmers naturally have things to talk about with other farmers, and there aren’t that many farmers out there, so they stick to the communities and social circles they know.

Their neighbors can’t reach out their window and shake hands or pass a cup of sugar because they could live a whole mile away.

Our conversation really resonated later because it made me realize it it’s really difficult to discuss another culture without being lost in translation. I had no doubt that while the lady may not have understood the farm lifestyle or the all social aspects of agriculture, she cherished farmers as special people who grow our food and take care of our rural communities.

President Barack Obama, who has made history as our first black president and who continues to make history as a thoughtful, passionate person and a powerful speaker, has faced his own share of challenges from prejudiced individuals and those who are taking big personal steps toward accepting equality in society.

I grew up in a family where I was not only taught to tolerate and be respectful of people of different backgrounds, but to seek them out. To this day, I relish the opportunity to meet someone who has a story that is different than mine.

We’re all social by nature and are naturally going to click with some folks more than others, but it’s very important to keep our hearts open to everyone, because you never know who you’re going to meet or how much they can change your life, for better or worse.

It wasn’t until the end of our conversation that I realized what all the fuss was about, however: It turned out the girl had met and was seeing a farmer through the website!