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Here’s How Small Agricultural Businesses Can Be A Boon to A Healthful Climate

There is no escaping it – we are all a part of the climate discussion. It’s far from ideal, but even small agricultural businesses from farmers to food processors are in the midst of this passionate battle. They deal with loud societal demands to reduce their impact, continue producing save, adequate food and also work in an ever-evolving climate landscape. These smaller businesses might prefer to focus on hot topics, such how AI could help generate farm income, but instead, they’re working to balance consumer expectations, environmental stewardship and the difficulties of a changing climate.

Small agricultural businesses hold a remarkable potential to be game-changers for a healthier climate. By proactively adopting climate-smart strategies and adapting to the changing environment, they can not only mitigate risks and thrive but also become stewards of the land, leaving ecosystems in a better state than when they inherited them.

Small Farms, Big Sustainablity 

Farmers of all scales have long been champions of sustainability. Small farms are champions of sustainability, uniquely positioned to leverage various tools and practices. Small farms are in a prime position to use a variety of tools, resources and practices, like using agricultural water tanks for water conservation and using composted manure as a natural fertilizer. Some are deeply vested in long-time practices such as permaculture and crop rotation.

Additionally, they readily adopt innovative solutions like cover crops for soil health, biofertilizers to minimize chemical use, and water management systems like rainwater harvesting. This adaptability allows them to experiment with new techniques and potentially lead the way in sustainable practices for the entire agricultural sector.

Diversifying Crops and Livestock

Diversification is something that small agricultural business’ have been doing for generations. This includes farmers choosing to diversify their crop portfolios by incorporating resilient and climate-adapted varieties that thrive in varying environmental conditions.

Similarly, livestock breeds and integrating mixed farming systems also enhance resilience to climate-related risks such as disease outbreaks or feed shortages. In particular, there has been a great interest in breeds that have traits such as heat and parasite resistance, and heirloom vegetable varieties that are hardier and more prolific. Not only does this improve the integrity of the operation, but it also provides systems that work seamlessly with nature even during turbulent times.

Investing in Smart Technology 

It was somewhat mentioned earlier, but it’s true that now is the time for small farms to go ahead and start looking into AI. There’s no doubt that technology will become a more important player in how the world manages climate change. Slowly, more and more smart technology is rising, and climate change is the focus (as well as making work easier). 

Some examples of what’s already being seen and used (mostly by larger companies) are precision agriculture tools, weather forecasting models and even the drip irrigation systema, all of which have gotten even more popular thanks to smart technology. But overall, small operations will do well to starting to look as if this is the best way to optimize resource management and, in general, improve productivity. 

Fostering Collaboration

Small agricultural businesses transcends simply mitigating their environmental impact. They have the potential to be sustainability powerhouses! Through proactive measures, small farms can not only adapt to our changing climate but become leaders in environmental stewardship. This combined effort will ensure a more resilient food system and a healthier planet for future generations.

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