Contrary to pop-culture belief, the Agriculture industry is constantly looking for ways to improve – to use fewer resources, to produce a better product (grain, animals, etc.), and to be more efficient.
Ag Web has a terrific article about how farmers are using different ways to move toward carbon-neutral production; in this article, specifically livestock (pig, chicken, cow). The pork industry is looking toward a carbon-neutral pig by 2035 and the cattle industry is looking at 2050.
Pork production in the US contributes more than $23B to the economy, about 25% of which is exported and accounts for less than 1/2 of 1% of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the pork industry continues to seek ways to improve efficiencies and reduce production resource needs.
It’s interesting to scroll down the list and see the progression of technology and how it invaded our lives and consciousness. Those of us who are (ahem) a bit older might recall living through these achievements.
NOTE the video below – in 1996, AT&T offered 5 hours of FREE internet every month.
On Monday, October 5, 2020, the US Supreme Court denied the petition for Certiorari in the Himsel v. Himsel case. This decision is an affirmation of the constitutionality of the Indiana Right to Farm Act.
The decision of the US Supreme Court to let the Indiana Court of Appeals decision stand is an important benchmark in Indiana agriculture. The ability of farmers to use the best and most contemporary farming practices, as well as make use of economies of scale in production both for profitability and the maximum care of the agriculture product is critical to both keep Indiana competitive in the global marketplace and for farmers to continue to operate and earn a liveable income from the important industry of agriculture.
Agriculture has changed more in the past one hundred years than it had throughout the previous millenium. Those who challenge modern farming practices fail to understand the critical role modern agricluture plays in our ability to feed ourselves and the world. They also fail to understand the most basic tenant of farming – to take the best care of your livestock and crops as both a moral imperitive and as a path to profitability.
Carroll County Hog Barns
Farmers work hard, care deeply for livestock and crops, and strive to produce the best.
Blast from the past – Check out this video to see the rise (and fall) of the most popular websites. What were the “Top 3” in 1993 versus the “Top 3” today? While the top website today won’t surprise you, the change over time is fascinating.
Indiana ranks #1 in the nation for duck production, largely due to Maple Leaf Farms in Leesburg, Indiana. I had the opportunity to visit Maple Leaf Farms a few years ago as part of the Indiana Bar Association Agriculture Section Annual Meeting held at their conference center. Our hosts were terrific people, the farm we visited was very interesting, and the duck was tasty.