There are pros and cons to every means of livelihood or even hobby and farming is no exception. It does not involve just planting seeds and waiting for them to grow. There are many other factors that go into being a good farmer. You do indeed reap what you sow, hence ensure that a good deal of effort is put into what exactly you sow. For this you need to have a good deal of knowledge about farming and agriculture at a large. In this article we have explored a few things you need to know about the same.
1: FARMING AND AGRICULTURE INVOLVES ANYTHING TO DO WITH GROWING PLANTS AND ANIMALS FOR VARIOUS PURPOSES:
A very brief definition for agriculture is anything that has to do with growing plants and animals for any other purpose. While this might not be the most accurate definition that you could find in a dictionary, it is practical for it encompasses both production agriculture and all that comes before and after the farm as well.
Agriculture is the genetics work that is used to improve farmers seeds and produce. It is the development and sale of everything owned by farmers including tractors, fertilizers etc. It is finally, also the marketing, sales and distribution of everything that is produced by the plants and animals.
2: FARMING IS EXPENSIVE:
Despite all popular belief, farming is an extremely expensive activity and like many entrepreneurial occupations, it requires money to make money in the long run. Cost of land to even make a living can go up to around 7 figures. Improvements on property can cost even more. Further, seeds, livestock and all the equipment required to actually run a successful farm can take a lot more money. First generation farmers will find it extremely difficult to initially establish themselves a solid footing in farming, especially when it comes to start up capital.
3: ALMOST EVERYTHING WE EAT, WEAR OR USE COMES FROM A FARM:
Aside from metal, stone, plastic etc, everything that we own and use comes from a farm, be it corn, wheat, wood, cotton and hundreds of other products all come from a farm. We often take it for granted and do not realise that all every day products that we use without any thought comes from complicated processes at a farm.
4: FARMING TODAY IS HIGHTECH:
Today’s farms aren’t exactly like the ones we see in picture books, with only the livestock, sheds and haystacks. Farmers today make use of computerised devices, drones, robots, iPads and more. Many farms today have WiFi, webcams and CCTV cameras to record all activities. Farmers can easily monitor a cow in labour or adjust the temperature in the barn simply from their smart phones. Today there is a lot of care put into the comfort and safety of the animals.