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Roberto Villarreal
Mrs. Tyree
English III, Per. 4
31 January 2014
Farms: Fading Away
Even though man began life hunting and gathering for his food, farms soon became a
necessity. Farms have made the trade business go up by selling food, fur or wool and wax. Now
farms of all kinds are losing land fast. The development of houses and businesses are taking
farmland away from farmers. Land should be dedicated to farmers because the population is
growing to a point that some land is being used to build homes and job opportunities. If there
arent enough farms, the country might have little or no food to feed the population.
In the 17
th
century in the Americas, crops were grown for trade. In the 18
th
century, the
farmers in the north grew farms and had livestock for themselves. In the South, crops were
grown for export. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed partly because of the
British control over the new colonies, this included farming.
There are many farms in the United States that have been privately owned for years. One
type of this farm is the Dairy farm. We get milk, cheese and milk products from these farms.
Another type of farm is the orchard. We get different kinds of first from all over the U.S. There
are fewer farms now because the land is being used for homes and job opportunities. The
farmers are upset that the government is not helping to preserving the land. Some people are fine
with taking land from farmers and others want to help the poor farmers that are losing their land
to development.
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Farm technology is advanced. Farms do not need to be as big as farms needed to be in the
past. This includes fertilizers, tractors and better seed products. They can grow twice the
amount of crops in less land.
Agriculture is the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising
crop, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock; farming (Dictionary.com). Farms ruled
America ever since the Indian existed. Farming is the backbone of the heartland of America
(Agriculture). The farms would have upgrades to the equipment to produce food with the help
of high-technology mechanization (Agriculture). The government now controls the farming
industries. They use a census to see where our farms are today. The first agriculture census in
1840 (Agriculture) and the organization that did this in 1840 was the Bureau of the Census of
the U.S. Department of Commerce. (Agriculture). Today there is not a lot of farms on the
country road because farms dont get enough money or enough farmers. In the fifties there were
quite a few farmers helping other farmers. In 1810, 84 percent of the labor force worked in
farming. In 2000 farmers accounted for only 2.4 percent of the workforce (Agriculture). So the
farmers back in the 1800s were a lot and now there are barely any farmers to feed America. The
thing that is killing the farming industry is new technology that is emerging. Government issued
chemicals are making the produce grow bigger and faster.
Dairy farms are struggling because it costs more money to feed the cows. Fuel costs so
much more now than in the past.
We know for a fact that farms are decreasing in some states but some farms are
increasing in other states. The deceasing farm land states are being taken away by development
of homes and work places. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania there are 375 farms will be preserved
for the next four years (PR Newswire) and the farmers are happy about it because they dont
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have to worry about any farm development being taken away. Denis Wolff, former Pennsylvania
Agriculture Secretary said Each day, farmland is being irretrievably lost to development (PR
Newswire) and this is really a big issue. If there arent any farms to feed, clothe or help America,
what will happen to the growing population? The state of Pennsylvania wants to keep farms and
so they may not see the farmers lose their jobs in the future. In California a family was put under
pressure because of development. (Ritter) Allen Edwards, farmers who had his farm for 60
years, is calling the residential developers Ranchette. (Ritter) Edwards said his family is still
making money by farming. (Ritter) Even if farmers are protected by a temporary protection
plan, farmers still has some disadvantages. If someone brought a nice farm with a good amount
of acres, it cost more than a normal four bedroom house. A couple went to by a farm and it cost
around $1 million. (Ritter) In Davis, California, the CEO and president of AFT said that farming
is one of their major practices (PR Newswire) I say that farming should be practiced in schools
and college across America.
The U.S. population is growing rapidly the unemployment rate is very high. This causes
the farm to lose land and that mean less land, less money they earn. In some states they the state
government lagging to protect the farm. In New Jersey farmland is being lost. New Jersey saved
22,080 acres. (New York Times) This was a state program that is taking forever to protect the
farms. The program spent $114.5 million for preservation. (New York Times) This made
farmers glad that their land will be safe from development. In farming there are advantages and
disadvantages. The disadvantages are the government is that they do their way of agriculture by
using growth chemicals. Another is the new technology that has been emerging from left and
right all over the country. It started with the animals plowing through the fields, next was the
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tractor and the traditional farming tools. Now there are new tools for farming that I cant even
name. Another is plainly Mother Nature with either a lot of rain or long drought.
There are many different farms in the U.S. the bee farms can help because they either
wax or honey to ship to major store all over the U.S. Another is the cash crop which produces
either the vegetables or fruit. This really help the U.S. because some medicine use is the extract
from the fruit or vegetables. It also makes wonderful fruit drinks. The most important useful
farm that the U.S. needs is livestock. Livestock is important because the meat is used the most in
America. Meat is used at five-star restaurants to the family owned burger joint. Meat is used all
over for mostly everything. The government has helped out a lot with helping the farmers and
their farms so that their property wont become someones backyard. The government does
understand what it takes to protect farms all across America. Everyone knows that the farming
industry is being swept away development. The government give a program to make a protection
deal with the home developers and they dont build there.
In the end we now know that the farming industry made America and we need them to
feed the population. Different farm help America with various needs and the government care for
the protection. We saw some states that help preserve the farmland and stop development. If we
can help with this major problem we can make the farming industry grow once again back in its
prime.

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