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Sabrina Halvorson, an experienced journalist and broadcaster specializing in agriculture, hosts This Land of Ours program where she focuses on the role of new technology in driving agricultural productivity. Over the years, advancements in agriculture have played a key role in boosting output without the need for additional inputs. From developments in animal and crop genetics to improvements in chemicals, equipment, and farm organization, technology has driven significant growth in total agricultural output over the decades.

In recent years, changes in TFP or total factor productivity have also been seen as an indicator of technical advancements in agriculture. According to a USDA report, while factors like adverse weather can impact short-term output growth and estimated TFP growth, the long-term trend shows a positive shift in efficiency and output. The report highlights that despite a slight decrease in inputs used in farming over time, TFP has increased significantly due to technological advancements.

Sabrina’s insights shed light on how these technological innovations are shaping the future of farming. She explores how precision agriculture is helping farmers optimize their use of resources by using data analytics and sensors to monitor soil moisture levels and nutrient content. She also talks about the use of drones for crop monitoring and spraying, which reduces labor costs while improving accuracy.

Overall, this episode highlights how technology continues to play a crucial role

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