American agriculture is a vital component of life in the United States. Our ability to grow and market our food supply is foundational to our personal liberty. Agriculture is a driving component of our economy. The number of farms and the percentage of population engaging in farming has been steadily decreasing for many years, but, although currently under some signs of stress, the productivity and profitability of American farmers have been generally increasing. The family farmer is being replaced by the corporate farm. Technology is becoming prevalent in farming operations in many ways, from satellite driven planting, fertilizing, and harvesting to genetically modified seeds.
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