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The Rise of Women in Agriculture

January 27, 2020
women in agriculture

The history of women in agriculture is one that not many people discuss. Research shows that since about 10,000 B.C., women have played a part in how we source and harvest our food. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much data on them – in some ways, they’re silent contributors. The number of female farmers surged during the 1940s, as men went off to fight in World War II. As of 2019, more than 1.2 million female producers were working on farms across America. 

Modern History

Women have helped maintain fields and crops since the turn of the 19th century. By the end of the Second World War, more than six million vacant farm jobs had been filled by young people and women alike. This happened across all industries in the United States. Almost every daughter, wife and friend jumped in where needed – some became engineers to work on radio transmission, while others found themselves in factories. Many of the women in agriculture during this time were apart of the Women’s Land Army of America, a program that provided training and uniforms. 

When men came back from overseas, they reclaimed their previous positions. This meant that most women returned to childcare, education or administrative support duties. That said, by the late 1990s, the number of female farmers began to grow drastically — and it still continues to do so even despite the upswing in autonomous technology on farms. This is due to both changes in the U.S. Census and the destigmatization of what employment means. Women in modern times are more likely to call themselves “farmers” than in years past for these reasons.

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Environment

The Top Alternative Agriculture Methods You Should Be Aware Of

January 24, 2020
alternative agriculture methods

Agriculture or farming is something that might sound like it can only be accomplished on a massive industrial scale, but everyone can enjoy the benefits of growing their own food or raising their own livestock. However, for small-scale efforts, especially those that are concerned about the impact their farms will have on the environment, traditional agricultural methods aren’t going to be the best option. With that in mind, here are the top alternative agriculture methods you should be aware of. 

1. Organic Farming

The organic farming movement helps to prevent water pollution and other environmental damage while increasing yields. Some studies have shown that corn plants, grown organically, can produce up to 30% more corn than when grown traditionally. Not only are you getting more from your crop, but you’re accomplishing the same task without jeopardizing your local environment.  

Focus on truly organic farming methods rather than those that claim to be organic but rely on dangerous chemicals.  Many of the organic pesticides, such as pyrethrins, which are derived from dried chrysanthemum flowers, are just as toxic as the non-organic chemicals — and sometimes even more so.  

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Green Technology

What Is Agtech and Why Should Farmers Be Investing in It

January 20, 2020
what is agtech

Agriculture is one of the main sectors where automation is becoming more prevalent. From driverless tractors to robotic strawberry harvesters, technology is changing farming. The debate over whether this new tech is good or bad wears on. One thing is certain, though — as the planet faces new challenges posed by extreme weather, climate change and a growing population, agtech will only continue to grow more popular. The best thing for farmers to do, then, is invest in it. 

What Is Agtech?

Agtech is a relatively new industry that applies modern technology to agriculture. It also encompasses diverse solutions to steps within the food production process. This industry can be broken down into three subcategories — tech-assisted farming, new farming and revolutionary farming. 

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Essential Farm Tools and Equipment for Starting Your Farm

January 17, 2020
farm tools and equipment

The journey it takes to start a farm is both difficult and long-winded. Prospective farmers have to create a business plan, find the right land and ensure they have the financial stability to make it all work. 

An essential part of this process is to consider the farm tools and equipment that allow everything to run smoothly. With all that’s on the market today, it’s tough to decide what’s best. Read on to discover a list of necessities that every farm, large or small, can’t operate without.

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Wildlife

How The Construction Industry Can Disrupt Wildlife

January 1, 2020
wildlife and construction

The construction industry has made many changes to move toward sustainability. Companies praise the advantages, while industry leaders, such as the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Initiative, set eco-friendly standards. Still, people acknowledge construction has an undeniable impact on wildlife. In 2018, the U.S. spent more than $300 billion on new public development alone.

It will be challenging for any industry to cease environmental harm. Wildlife and construction, in particular, are a poor match. Environmentalists around the world hope companies will make strides towards a future without animal cruelty and ecosystem destruction.

Habitat Intrusion

Animals suffer when industries advance and expand, uprooting their homes. Businesses tear down forests and natural habitats to make room for shopping malls, restaurants and more. Some species learn how to thrive in these urban environments, such as foxes, birds, squirrels, opossums and more.

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Renewable Energy is Changing On-Site Construction Energy Usage

December 30, 2019
renewable energy construction

Climate change — it’s a topic we can’t stop talking about. As we burn fossil fuels, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, we produce harmful emissions. These emissions trap heat in the atmosphere and pollute the Earth.

Modern buildings are the third-largest consumer of fossil energy, right after industry and agriculture. To reduce the effects of climate change — prolonged droughts, frequent wildfires, natural disasters, etc. — this sector must make a change. 

Many businesses and municipalities have set goals to go net-zero — produce as much energy as they consume. The result is green buildings, those that implement eco-friendly practices in a variety of ways. The integration of renewable energy technology is a must. However, green buildings also consider sustainable applications in water use, heating and cooling.

Green initiatives are necessary for a sustainable future. As the energy market transforms, industries must adapt to renewable energy construction.

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Environment

Effects of Construction on the Environment: Why Sustainability Is at the Forefront

December 27, 2019
effects of construction on the environment

Sustainability means different things in each industry. In construction, it means building structures from long-lasting and renewable resources, ensuring energy-efficient operation once the structure is standing and practicing good stewardship of the landscape over the building’s lifetime.

Expanding and maintaining humanity’s “built environment” in a conscientious, low-impact and cost-effective way today means future generations will be able to meet their own needs tomorrow. But we need to put sustainability first. Here’s what that looks like in construction and why it’s so important right now.

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How Energy-Efficient Construction Methods Can Change the Way We Build

December 25, 2019
energy efficient construction

Green building and sustainable architecture are popular concepts these days. In the U.S., building efficiency revenue rose from $75.26 billion in 2017 to $83.05 billion in 2018. If our children and grandchildren want to inherit a livable earth, eco-friendly initiatives must become the new normal.

Designing buildings with sustainability in mind is changing essential structures from the foundation on up. Discover how energy-efficient construction is changing how we build.

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Eco-Friendly Building Materials We Can Expect to Grow in 2020

December 23, 2019

In today’s world, it’s impossible to go a week without hearing about climate change. Temperatures are rising, and extreme weather events are popping up. What’s the solution?

No single answer exists. Instead, the effort must involve a multitude of industries and technologies. In construction, businesses are turning to eco-friendly building materials to do their part.

The green building initiative has generated more than 2 million jobs, totaling more than $134 billion in labor earnings. It’s also injected billions of dollars into the U.S. economy.

Which materials can we expect to grow in the future wake of green building?

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How Energy Deregulation and Privatization Could Impact Renewable Energy

October 14, 2019
energy deregulation

Many recent news stories discuss how societies must become more dependent on renewable energy. Relying on fossil fuels is not sustainable, but investing in renewables helps ensure our planet’s future. However, evidence suggests that energy deregulation and privatization could both impact these resources.

Energy deregulation attempts to resist energy company monopolies by increasing the number of competitors in the marketplace. The process functions with a reverse auction, whereby energy providers aim to sell their offerings at the lowest possible rate. The energy goes through the existing infrastructure. The utility companies that own it transmit the power to customers, but they don’t set the prices paid.

Privatization occurs when the responsibility of supplying energy to the people who need it transfers from public-funded ventures, such as those operated by the government, to privately held companies. Let’s take a look at how deregulation and privatization in the energy market could influence renewable energy.

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