2008 MDS 323 Spring US Farming considerations

2008 MDS 323 Spring US Farming considerations - Issues...

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Issues Associated with  Commercial Agriculture in the  United States David Jordan Department of Crop Science North Carolina State University
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Considerations Farmers Have Ability to Produce and Sell Commodities Climate Soil resources Urbanization Markets Production costs Cash flow Regulatory issues Labor pool Farm programs (Farm Service Agency) Diminished voice at local, state, and national levels
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Climate Rainfall amount, duration and consistency Temperature (average and extremes) and heat unit accumulation Carbon dioxide, ozone and other gases
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Soil Resources Soil productivity (short and long term) Organic matter and soil structure Fertility levels (plant nutrition) Erosion potential Irrigation availability, cost and quality (salinity)
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Urbanization Competition between urban communities and farming operations for essential natural resources (land and water) One society’s reliance on another society for food, fiber, water and other valuable products
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Markets Access Fluctuations Segments of agribusiness Farm programs and subsidies
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