Ryan Goodman is a generational rancher from Arkansas with a degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, studying beef cattle management.
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The techonology involved with farming has increased exponentially increasing the efficiency and outputs of farmland. This gives reason as to why there are less acres per farm than there were in 1978. From 1978 to now many other differences have been made. Today there are 920,000,000 of farmland in the U.S. Previously, in 1978 it there was almost 1,000,000,000 acres. The average age of farmers has also increased, this is due to both in-migration from some rural areas.
This article relates to the fifth unit we did in Ap Human Geo. It shows the effects of the green revolution, and modern industrial agriculture. Though with the new technologies involved it also shows how far we have come since the intitial prime of the green revolution. This is visible because if the average age of farmers is now 57 years old, this means that the technologies have become easy to use, and extremely efficient. The modern effects of industrial farming can also be seen with the increase in price per an acre of farmland. Though this realistically could be seen as inflation, it suggests that the same amount of farmland now has the ability to produce more, more efficiently than in 1978.