A benefit for the farmer is agronomists help farmers enhance production. As before mentioned, agronomists save time for farmers and reduce the amount of labor required. With an agronomist checking fields for the farmer, the farmer has more time to focus on getting machinery ready for harvest. Also, with the agronomists checking fields, the crops will be ensured to receive the proper amount of nutrients. With the correct amount of nutrients, the farmer can increase his production.
FSustainable crop production is in contrast to industrial crop production, G which generally relies upon monocropping (growing only one crop in a large area of land), intensive application of commercial fertilizers, heavy use of pesticides, and other inputs that are damaging to the environment, to communities, and to farm workers. In addition, sustainable crop production practices can lead to higher yields over time, with less need for expensive and environmentally damaging inputs. FSustainable crop production is a way of growing or raising food in an ecologically and ethically responsible manner. FThis includes adhering to agricultural and food production practices that do not harm the environment, that provide fair treatment to workers, and that support and sustain local communities. FSustainable crop production is in contrast to industrial crop production, G which generally relies upon monocropping (growing only one crop in a large area of land), intensive application of commercial fertilizers, heavy use of pesticides, and other inputs that are damaging to the environment, to communities, and to farm workers.
This system have been successful in Central America focusing on utilizing woody perennial plants in pastures to improve cattle nutrition in dry season and help mitigate damage of overgrazing delicate grasses (Ibrahim et al., 2001). Economically, silvopastoral systems provide additional income in hard seasons for livestock farmers. Silvopastoral systems are more economically safe as the trees provide shade and improve soils for pastures, and when the animal prices drop, they are able to use their trees for timber (Camargo et al., 2005). Another type of agroforestry is live fences, which are fences of planted trees that divide pasture. Live fences have multiple benefits for both the farmer and the ecosystem: fodder for cattle, firewood, fruit, provide habitat for wild animals and connect wooded areas separated by agriculture (Harvey et al., 2005).
INTRODUCTION Agriculture is a huge part of everyone’s lives whether they realize it or not. Everyday people come in contact with agricultural products such as food, clothing, or shelter. Throughout the years there has been a dramatic change in agriculture. When agriculture first became a big part of people’s lives, farming grew rapidly; many people were farming in order to be self-sufficient, and so they could stay in one area instead of constantly moving around searching for food sources. As time went on, agriculture changed into what eventually became large commercial farms meant to provide food and other goods for an expanding country.
Soil erosion has been a concern for the United States and other countries for many years. An article prepared in 1987 by Reganold, Elliott and Unger, details the effects of different agriculture practices by comparison. Two important differences of organic farming are the “tillage methods and crop rotations” (Reganold et al. 1987). Farming organically means that the farmer relies heavily on crop rotations to control weeds and pests.
Domesticated animals play a foremost role in our society today as well as in the future. Domesticated animals, such as livestock and poultry, are significant in the everyday lives of people across the world. In developing countries, they play a key role as laborers to farmers for whom buying an expensive tractor or sprayer is not financially viable (The Importance of Livestock). From a nutritional standpoint, “animal source foods can provide a variety of micronutrients that are difficult to obtain in adequate quantities from plant source foods alone” (Allen and Murphy 3932S). Thus, animals are a “link” in nutrient cycles because they are able to eat plants and give us not only some of the plant nutrients, which we would normally not be able to take advantage of on our own, but also they give us their own animal nutrients (The Importance of Livestock).
Many vicissitudes observed in the soil and its environs are long term, occurring gradually over time. Organic farming considers the medium as well as long term effects of agricultural interferences on the agro-ecosystem. It focuses on producing food while at the same time establishing an ecological balance to avert soil fertility and pest problems. Organic agriculture takes a hands-on method as contrasted to treating problems after they appear. Soil building practices such as crop rotation, intercropping, symbiotic relations, use of cover crops, organic manures and minimum digging are essential to organic farming.
This helps conserve a strong ecosystem and healthy lifestyle for all human beings. In today’s agriculture in the United States, we rely on what is the fastest way of getting food on the tables for families. The US is currently is dominated by industrial agriculture, making us live in an agroecosystem. An ... ... middle of paper ... ... jobs in farming and lessen the biodiversity. Furthermore, if we do not practice sustainable agriculture, our soil has more of a chance to become more vulnerable to droughts and flooding, possibly increase a risk for more global warming, and be less resistant towards antibiotics and pesticides.
February 2005. 244-250. Hoag, Dana L., and Herb A. Holloway. ?Farm Production Decisions Under Cross and Conservation Compliance.? American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Agricultural products are centered on farming. These products help to sustain or improve human life. Examples include farmed goods and livestock. The dilemma for these developing countries is finding markets to export their products. Many developed nations place restrictions on imported agricultural goods to promote domestic industry and compete in foreign markets with their own exports (i.e.