Large produce growers are bringing the farm indoors. Companies are using vertical farming, LED-lighting, and high-tech data collection systems to grow food in greenhouses, in office buildings, and even in paintball arenas. This is one of the next big things in agriculture and it can help answer two questions: (1) How are we going to feed a growing population, expected to increase to 9 or 10 billion by 2050? (2) How can agricultural companies satisfy consumers’ demand for affordable locally-grown produce?Read More
The Schroeder Ag Blog addresses issues facing farmers, ranchers, and businesses involved with livestock, dairy, and meat production.
Craft beers are more popular today than ever before. The demand for hops is high, but most production occurs in the Pacific Northwest. Due to rising prices and a focus on local ingredients, Midwestern farmers are trying their hand at growing hops. Starting a hops farm here in the Midwest has big potential payoffs, but the costs can be significant. Farmers should make plans for the hardware, labor, and legal requirements to enter this growing agricultural market.Read More