Through continuous innovation over thousands of years, farmers have fed ever-growing populations with an increasing variety of produce. Even as a smaller and smaller part of the U.S. population is involved in production agriculture, technology has progressed at a rapid pace with advances each year allowing farmers to increase yields using fewer inputs. The best yields that can be obtained involve an integrated approach using better seeds, water efficient technologies, nutrients, pest and weed management, and soil conservation. It is an amalgamation of pieces that have to come together to help ensure a steady, safe supply of food.

This portion of the Agriculture Update elaborates on farm management of crops and animals, traditional and genetic engineered plant breeding, and the technologies affecting pesticides, water and soils. The chapters discussing these topics are:

  1. Farm Management
  2. Plant Breeding and Biodiversity
  3. Genetic Engineering of Plants
  4. Pesticide Management
  5. Soil Management
  6. Water Management
  7. Animal Management
  8. Other Technologies


© December 2013 League of Women Voters. Produced by the Agriculture Update Committee


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