Economics

Technology and Farming

Scale and applied technology have become increasingly important to American agriculture.

Robert Spendlove Jan 2, 2017

Scale and applied technology have become increasingly important to American agriculture. U.S. agriculture uses technology and improved practices to increase yield and improve efficiencies. Efficiency and safety drive export demand and improve the quality of life for local communities. Successful agricultural operations leverage advancements in technology, including sensors, devices, larger scale machinery, and information technology to remain cost competitive. Today’s agribusiness uses robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS Technology. These tools, when combined with improved data management, enable precision agriculture practices and robotic systems to reduce waste, improve safety, and preserve the environment. The application of this technology is one of the reasons America’s food quality is among the safest in the world. Additionally, while the number of farms in the U.S. is decreasing, improved technology has increased the nation’s overall farm productivity.

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