Soil tilling, along with other agricultural techniques, has resulted in more fertile land and larger crops to be produced by farmers who are seeking to make the most out of their resources. Learning more about the history of agriculture, the most important advances and techniques from the past as well as new technologies and resources that could become available in the very near future can be an important issue. Making the most out of available farm land will be absolutely essential when Read the rest of this entry »
Pesticides revolutionized farming because they largely eradicated damage to crops caused by insects. However, many pesticides still used today may be unsafe.
Atrazine is a herbicide used mostly to protect corn crops. Though it is banned in the European Union, it is still used extensively in the U.S. Numerous scientific studies have linked atrazine to reproductive problems in fish, frogs and rats. There are also concerns that atrazine may cause birth defects in humans.
The fungicide tolylfluanid is banned in the U.S. because of laboratory studies linking it to Read the rest of this entry »
Many people today are not aware of what modern farmers do. They may believe that farmers and ranchers today still use the antiquated practices of yesteryear. However, modern farming has become quite high-tech, with farmers and ranchers knowing how to use sophisticated computer equipment as they operate their farms and ranches. People would be surprised by the many industrialized tasks a farmer does each day.
Farmers today even use applications on mobile phones and iPads to keep Read the rest of this entry »
Farm subsidies keep farmers planting and cost taxpayers billions every year. The federal government subsidizes farmers for both growing and not growing crops. Farmers get loans, grants, insurance and extensive welfare benefits. Here a few big subsidy programs.
Direct Payment Subsidy
The government gives farmers direct subsidies for growing 10 different crops. This subsidy also allows farmers to collect money on land that is no longer farmland.
This program guarantees a minimum price for crops. It encourages overproduction while allowing farmers to default on Read the rest of this entry »