GROWMARK Speech: What influences agriculture? What are the drivers of change?

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Oct 23, 2013 (4 years and 21 days ago)

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GROWMARK Speech: What influences agriculture?
What are the drivers of change?

Our world is rapidly changing, faster today than ever before. The agricultural industry
itself has developed technologies that would have been considered wild dreams to our fat
hers
and grandfathers. Robotic milkers, GPS self
-
guided tractors, and social media are a few
technologies that impact agriculture on a daily basis.


One technology I am grateful
for, especially during hot July afternoons
, is modern
fencing. Since the in
vention of barbed wire in 1873,

fencing has advanced from

very labor
intensive
four row
s of

barbed wire on
wooden fence posts to a point where it’s common to see a
whole herd of cows being
corralled by one

strand of high tensile wire. Temporary e
lectric f
ences
have allowed farmers to manage pastures in a way that maximizes efficiency in both the farmer’s
time and forage in pastures.


Biotechnology has had one of, if not the biggest impact on Agriculture today.
Genetically Modified crops are making it po
ssible to feed our growing world. Looking at soy
beans alone, in the past 15 years the percent of
genetically modified soy beans planted
has gone
from 17 perc
ent in 1997 to 93 percent today, allowing for increased yields and harvests never
attainable befo
re.

I am awestruck when I think of the possibilities of genetic engineering,
everything from plants that are herbicide resistant to cows that can produce human insulin in
the
ir milk.

Biotechnology is influencing the future of agriculture.
The question a
t hand
though
is not only what new changes will be made but why

those changes

are made?

Tell any toddler it’s time to go to the Dr. Office or that it is time for bed and their first
respo
nse will be “But why
?” That innocent, yet at times very frustrating
curiosity is not so
different from our own

and as we move into the future it is impo
rtant to ask that same question,
WHY? W
hy do we
make these
change
s

as an industry? What

is the engine pushing these

advancements for
ward and are we

moving

in the right dir
ection

for the right reasons?

No doubt the expanding global population and the need to produce more food on less
land is at the heart of this question
, and new technologies will be the pathway in answering the
call
.
However, I believe that we are driv
e
n

be
cause we see a need to create a better future, and as
agriculturalists we know that no one will build a better future for us than what we could build
ourselves. In a world with many challenges and hardships, Agriculture has the values, work
ethic and hear
t to be the leader in finding solutions. Creating a brighter futu
re is
at
the
root of
the answer to the
innocent
toddle
r’s question of “why” we develop new technologies
. We
develop these technologies

so we can set the table for future generations.



B
rain Storm :

Technology/
Change Stories

What influences change in agriculture?

Fencing:


One
t
echnology

in agriculture

that I am

grateful for
, that

is often
taken for granted,

is modern fencing.
Since the invention of barb
ed

wire in
1873, fencing has adv
anced from using
very
labor intensive
wooden fence posts
to a point where

it’
s
common to see a herd of a 100 cows being held corralled by
one strand of
high tensile
wire.

Electric fences have allowed farmers to manage pastures in a way that
maximizes effi
ciency

in both the farmer’s time and forage in pastures
.



Seed:

Biotechnology has had one of
,

if not the biggest impact on Agriculture today.


Genetically Modified
Crops are making it possible to feed our growing world. Looking at soy beans alone,

in

the past 15 years
the percent of soy beans planted that have been genetically modified has gone from 17 percent in 1997

to
93 percent today.
I am awestruck when I think

of the possibilities of genetic engineering
,
everything
from plants that are herbicid
e resistant to cows that can produce human insulin in there milk.

Biotechnology is influencing the future of agriculture.

Barber:

(probably can

t tie this one
in, but still a fairly

funny story, might write a blog about it

:
)
)

Change can be scary, one

particularly scary change is switching barbers or hair dressers. How many of
us could imagine changing the person we go to take care of our hair? The significance of this change
didn’t hit home for me until I went off to college for the first time. A l
ittle over a month at school had
passed I was starting to get pretty shaggy as my dad would say and so I needed a buzz cut. It was pretty
weird and surprisingly uncomfortable to think about going to someone other than my childhood barber
to restore my hai
r dew. I decided that I would borrow my roommate’s clippers and take care of it
myself being the new independent college student I was. It was pretty rough for a couple weeks till my
hair evened out again, but I had to make the change.