What Are the Biggest Changes for the Future of Farming in America?

What are the Biggest Changes for the Future of Farming in America

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For hundreds of years, farm land has been the life blood of the United States. However, despite how families have farmed the land for generation after generation, new advances in agricultural science and new technology are causing change in America’s farmland. Below are some of the biggest changes American farmers can expect in the future.

Farming Wind
Traditionally, farmers have only made money from growing crops and raising livestock. However, today, farmers also often lease their land out to energy companies. These energy companies construct huge wind turbines that produce electricity for entire communities. Most often, these huge machines that produce clean energy are built on farmland. The land can also continue to be farmed while the turbines operate.

Farm and Garden Online Stores
Farming has always been a hands-on business. However, the internet has changed the way everyone lives and is also changing farming. Today, many farmers purchase what they need in seed, feed, supplies and equipment online with help from places like Central Farm and Garden stores. Thanks to the popularity of farmers’ markets, many farmers are also finding they can also sell their produce to online clients as well.

A Growing Emphasis on Agriculture
Farming is sometimes thought of as old fashioned and it is true that this industry has been around thousands of years longer than Silicon Valley. However, farming’s importance will only increase in the future. It is estimated that the world’s population will increase by as much as 47 percent in the next 35 years. To feed all those people, the agriculture industry will have to grow significantly to keep up with demand.

Sustainable Farming
Due to current threats like global warming, pollution, and the growing population, there will also be a stronger emphasis on developing more efficient and more sustainable farming methods. To save the Earth for future generations, farmers will have to be more mindful of how they affect the environment.
For example, soil steaming can be used as an alternative to using chemicals to sterilize soil. Chemicals can leak deep into the ground and pollute the water table. There may also be a move towards polyculture, growing multiple crops in the same field, as opposed to monoculture. In the future, tractors and other farm equipment may use self-charging fuel cells instead of engines that run on gasoline and diesel.

Farming is changing. However, despite new technologies and farming methods, farming will always be an extremely important industry needed for the survival of human civilization. It is certainly here to stay.