When you’re asked this question by the associate dean of the College of Agriculture at your orientation, it’s obviously a question that you won’t answer alone.
Teamwork, innovation, and environmental stewardship are all part of that equation.
In the past, farmers and other food producers had a lot of new technology and science to help them increase production during and after World War II. The 1970s and ‘80s were decades mixed with backlash, environmental pollution battles, crop failures, world famines, and consumers demanding changes in agriculture.
The great news is that there have been sweeping changes across farming and livestock production. The bad news is that a lot of consumers don’t know that things have changed.
This infographic using statistics from South Dakota corn farmers in 2013 illustrated the changes happening not just within their state, but also across the industry.
The future of agriculture and the charge to feed a world population of 9 billion people does not appear so daunting when you see the progress that just one state can make.
For more information on what South Dakota farmers and doing and current statistics, click here.