Only 2.5 percent of the Earth’s water comes from fresh-water sources, making it a scarce commodity. Of that fresh water, the agriculture industry consumes 69 percent of it. Lack of water, especially in areas experiencing frequent drought, creates an increasing threat to farmers across the globe. That’s why many take action to implement water-saving techniques into their businesses. The following six tips showcase ways farmers can maximize their water usage.Read More
All animals get sick from time to time but this can be a disaster if they are farm animals, as diseases can spread so quickly among them. Treating them can be expensive and time-consuming as farmers try to avoid the domino effect of illnesses in their animals.
Just like with humans, prevention is better than cure. This involves making sure they always have clean and fresh water, the appropriate feed and a healthy environment. These are not the only things that can help to keep them in good shape though, and here are a few ways that will help to prevent them from becoming ill.Read More
A working farm requires quite a bit of equipment, which, in turn, needs occasional maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. This type of care is vital to an agricultural business in more ways than one — not only does it keep machines up and running, but regular maintenance can slash repair costs down the line.
As the person charged with coming up with such upkeep, it's up to you to decide what needs to be done to preserve your equipment for as long as you can. Here are four of the most essential maintenance to-dos.Read More
The term sustainable has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years and is associated with many industries and practices. When it comes to farming, sustainable agriculture is an idea that has arguably been around since our ancestors began propagating seeds millennia ago.
In the most basic sense, sustainable agriculture is the stewardship of food production to allow these systems to remain in place for use by future generations.
Every person in every part of the food system has a role to play in creating a sustainable agricultural process. Not only are sustainable farming practices beneficial for the planet and our children, but they can also have economic benefits for farmers who choose to implement them.Read More
Running a farm is extremely complex. You have so many decisions to make in regards to so many different areas that you may often find yourself feeling overwhelmed or under excessive pressure. But not to worry. Everything will pan out fine in the end! You just need to make sure that you have all necessary information to make the right decision in each area of your business’ process. For now, let’s focus on fuelling your farm. The average farm requires a whole lot of energy to operate and you’re going to have to provide this. The majority of farmers will simply source non renewable fuels from major suppliers, as this seems the most simple and straightforward option. But it’s also important to remember that there are alternative options out there that could prove better for you, your profit margins, and the environment. Here are just a couple that you might want to take into consideration!Read More
If you currently own a farm or are thinking of investing in one, you will be faced with a whole load of decisions right from the get go. Whether you’re planning on growing crops on a vast amount of land or taking care of animals, there is certainly a lot for you to think about. When you own a farm that contains several animals there is a huge amount of responsibilities on your shoulders. They will rely on you every single day to take care of them, nourish them and protect them. This sounds like any animal lover’s dream, but it’s not always smooth sailing. If you’re serious about keeping animals here are five wonderful ways in which you can keep them happy and cared for all year round.Read More
In 2017 there were a recorded 2.05 million farms in the US according to The United States Department Of Agriculture. Now, compare that number to the 6.8 million farms which existed in 1935. In 2017, 36.8 percent of households with incomes below the Federal poverty line were food insecure. The United States has a growing population of approximately 328 million people. This means an estimated 120.7 million people experience food insecurity each year. There is a good reason to grow your own produce.Read More
Buying a farm is one of the most exciting things that you can do, not least because it means that you can get in touch with nature and wildlife, you get to see the sun rise each day, and you also get to have your own plot of land, that you’ll just look at in awe every day.
In all honesty, there is no better job than being a farmer, and if you put the hard work in, you’ll soon be reaping the benefits of what you’ve sown (see what we did there?). We’ve put together a list of five things that you’ll need before you take the plunge!Read More
The growing interest for farmland has driven land values to record highs in several regions. Buying quality farmland for crop production or recreation is a great investment for individuals with high total assets and surplus income or even those who only want homesteading.
If you’re planning to buy farmland, then you should take into consideration these questions to come up with the right decision.Read More
During the summer months, running a homestead is a full-time job. Before you know, you’re spending all day, everyday keeping up with your veg and your land. You’ll rise and settle with the sun, and you’ll barely be able to catch your breath from one task to the next. It’s an exhilarating ride, and it’s probably this buzz which got you interested in homesteading in the first place.Read More
Agricultural engineering has taken us far beyond the early efforts of our ancient ancestors. Prehistory hunter-gatherer tribes had access to a food supply which could sustain, at most, a global population of 4 million people. With modern methods of cultivation and animal husbandry, the situation has changed.Read More
Many homeowners are now discovering the beauty of using artificial grass for their lawn. The effect it brings to the entire yard makes the place look very neat and maintained at all times, adding points to the aesthetics of your garden. Artificial grass also has quality that doesn’t deteriorate as fast as actual live grass.Read More
We are at a point where our ice caps are melting, animals are having their habitats destroyed, and landfills are growing. This generally tends to upset a lot of us, because we know that the planet is dying. However, it isn’t too late for you to make a change to the way you live and help to better the planet.
Keen to lead a more eco-friendly life? Here are a few tips to help you go green and do your part for the planet!Read More