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1 AGRICULTURAL INNOVATIONS Research Question Which innovations in agriculture technology are having the biggest impact on North American farming? Working Thesis: Three main kinds of technology innovations are having the biggest effect on farming in North America: advancements in field equipment, milking systems, and enclosed agriculture. Establishing Info: - Farming and technology controversial topic among farmers o Some farms have state of the art technology, believe it is the best method o Other farms use technology from the early 20 th century do not want to upgrade to newer technology because they doubt it will help For example: my uncle uses an old John Deere tractor w/ no cab, and very old equipment to go with it. Meanwhile, his neighbour has all new equipment and technology and consistently updates his farm, thinks it makes his yields higher - How does one know where the best practice resides? Does all farm technology make a difference? - Thesis: Three main kinds of technology innovations are having the biggest effect on farming in North America: advancements in field equipment, milking systems, and enclosed agriculture. Automated Field Equipment - Field equipment has long been a focus of technological improvements in farming - For example: baling equipment, harvesting and planting consistently revamped, still changing - New automated field equipment is having a big impact: o GPS around for many years, only recently incorporated into farm machinery to create autosteering capabilities GPS in tractors today can autosteer the tractor throughout the entire field for planting and cultivating (John Deere, 2019, “Guidance”). Auto planters

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