Technology Use On U.S. Farms

Multiple forms of technology are available to improve production on the United States’ 2 million farms of all sizes. Beyond computer and Internet access, which is available on about 71 percent of U.S. crop farms (2013 report), various methods of technology are used in coordination with one another to increase efficiency, minimize labor and enhance sustainability.

Precision Agriculture Improves Efficiency For U.S. Producers

A farmer demonstrates the precision agriculture system used in a tractor on his farm.

When U.S. farmers replaced their horse-drawn equipment with tractors in the early 1900s, their crop productivity took a mighty leap forward. Technology on the farm has continually evolved to increase efficiency, improve yields and drive production and profitability. In the 21st century, this is due in part to the development of precision agriculture tools.

Export Ports Serve As Hub For International Grain Trade

Every bushel of U.S. corn, sorghum and barley moving to overseas markets passes thorugh a U.S. export port, a system known worldwide for its efficiency and certification procedures.

The vast majority of this grain bound for international markets is sold in large volume bulk cargo loads. Smaller orders sometimes go out through containers, often through West Coast ports.

New Nutrient Labeling Framework has Implications for Food Barley in Japan

By: Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council Director in Japan

Beginning April 1, 2015, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) in Japan will be launching a new food labeling framework for foods with health functions. This new framework will allow for foods containing a functional nutrient to be advertised as such on their labels. Beta-glucan, which is contained in some U.S. barley varieties, is a nutrient that falls into this category as a substance lowering blood sugar level, also known as glycemic index.

USCG Grain Export Mission Wraps Up Successfully

Grain Export Mission

Two groups of farmers recently experienced a unique opportunity to see both a U.S. grain customer country and competitor market country during the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Grain Export Mission (GEM), held Nov. 30 to Dec. 13.

One group composed of U.S. barley and sorghum producers traveled to Mexico and Argentina, where they met with contacts looking to expand their businesses in part by using U.S. grains.

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