Chris Soules Of ‘The Bachelor’ Thinks Farmers Should Get Recognition

Bachelor fans know Chris Soules as “Prince Farming,” the Iowa native who tried to find a partner willing to spend a life with him in his small town where he has an active agriculture business. Last May, he posed on Instagram with his then-fiance (and Bachelor winner) Whitney Bischoff with the caption, “Her first day planting corn!”

Although Bischoff was not long his “#farmerintraining” — the couple broke up shortly after — Soules has continued to look for love and promote his livelihood.

That promotion has included his social media accounts, where Soules brings fans along as he attends industry events and does the day-to-day work of a farmer. Last week, he tweeted during the Oscars that maybe some of his fellow farmers should get honors for the work they do.

I wish more farmers were nominated for #Oscars we feed people. That’s kind of important.

— Chris Soules (@souleschris) February 29, 2016

Soules later elaborated on his tweet to The Des Moines Register, confirming the comments were made purely in jest, although based on real sentiment.

“Obviously, I don’t think that farmers are going to be getting Oscars anytime soon. But we are as talented as actors and entertainers in what we do and we don’t get a lot recognition.”

“It was just meant to poke fun at how big a deal the Oscars are and how much attention gets paid to them when there are so many other industries that do a lot of great things for humanity like farmers feeding the world and people in the military serving our country.”

He denied his quote was meant to reference the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and was simply a statement on the grandeur of the annual event celebrating movies.

When raccoons chew through 15000 bushel of corn. I think it’s time to build more grain bins.

— Chris Soules (@souleschris) March 1, 2016

Soules may love farming, but he hasn’t strayed too far from the spotlight since his turn on The Bachelor. He will be featured on an episode of OWN’s Where Are They Now? Current ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins got advice from Soules — and ghosts of Bachelor past, Sean Lowe and Jason Mesnick — before he started on his journey. Soules appeared on Dancing With the Stars not long after proposing to Bischoff.

It’s Bro crush Monday #BCM. Looking forward to watching my buddy @benhiggi take 1 more step toward finding true love

— Chris Soules (@souleschris) February 29, 2016

Us Weekly reported that Soules got a little more than cozy with Lauren Iaconetti, the sister of Ashley Iaconetti, who appeared on Soules’ season of The Bachelor. The hookup happened at the January, 2016, wedding of Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert. Roper was the first of Soules’ Bachelor contestants to see his hometown of Arlington, Iowa, and meet members of his family, but she didn’t go home with his final rose.

Chris Soules and Charlotte McKinney
Chris Soules has remained in the public eye since his turns on 'The Bachelorette' and 'The Bachelor.' In February, 2016, he posed with Charlotte McKinney at a NASCAR event. Both performers had appeared on 'Dancing With the Stars." (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Despite being so closely associated with the Bachelor franchise, Soules isn’t planning on using his reality credential to help him find lasting love. Admitting to past hurt, Soules told People he wouldn’t mind some anonymity.

“[W]hen you go through a breakup, you get stung a little bit and you pull back. There are times I wonder if I’m meant to be single.”

“I’d like to date someone who doesn’t know who I am!”

Soules rebuffed suggestions he might reunite with Becca Tilley, his season’s runner-up and recent contestant on Ben Higgins’ season. He wished Tilley the best, but said he was ready to move on to a non-Bachelor romance.

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