The agriculture industry uses natural resources to grow or raise products for human use. Commonly used techniques include grazing, crop harvesting, planting and livestock feeding. Many operations produce foods.
Agriculture also includes various farm-related industries, such as flowers, plants, produce, livestock and lumber. Some agricultural products are ready for use as-is from nature, while others are processed to create secondary products.
As agricultural companies and operations strive to feed more people for a smaller cost, the industry sees new trends:
- Genetic modification to keep desired traits in their animals and crops
- GPS technology to aid planting and animal tracking
- More niche markets such as organic farming and naturally raised meat
Some other influences in the agriculture industry include the prices of commodities and the weather conditions, as the climate determines what a region can produce.