Agriculture

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Agriculture

The production of food through the raising of crops and/or animals. The development of agriculture approximately 9,000 years ago is considered to be one of the most important revolutions in human thinking, one that made civilization possible. The trade of agricultural products, such as wheat or coffee, gave rise to the first exchanges. Even now, agricultural products are among the most important commodities that are traded. Very often, agriculture may only be performed in certain areas. Zoning laws regulate where farming and ranching may or may not take place. See also: Agribusiness.
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During the same time, residential farming operations also faced sharper declines in their net worth, due to declining off-farm investments.
Farming became an increasingly industrial enterprise, often with the encouragement of government and the cooperative extensions services of the state.
"This isn't some 'experience' I'm having," Pierce says of her commitment to farming. "This is my life." CONTACT: The Land Institute, (785)823-5376, www.landinstitute.org.
Peter Miyake, the leading expert in tuna farming. "Tuna is no exception."
"Just like the huge factory ships that depleted many populations of wild fish during the past two decades, salmon farming has focused on increasing production without giving enough consideration to its environmental and biological consequences," says conservation expert Michael Weber, author of What Price Farmed Fish: A review of the environmental and social costs of farming carnivorous fish (Sea Web Aquaculture Clearinghouse, 2003).
The Code offers many exceptions to the general rules, specifically designed to help different segments of the farming industry not only to survive, but to thrive.
Two things help Dan and Annie Wasson survive while others are forced out of farming.
Farming winged creatures is a burgeoning business in Costa Rica.
But the agricultural marketplace soon cratered, and farmers found out quickly what the bill really left them free to do--Get Out of Farming Fast.
It is rare if a farmer receives all of his Income from farming. Usually, the farmer makes enough money to stay on the family farm.