Technology and Farming: The 8 Most Impactful Technologies to Implement Around Your Farm



Agricultural technology — also referred to as ag-tech — isn't just for giant farming corporations anymore. Several technologies are available to small farmers that can make a huge difference, from managing sales to testing soil health. Whether you are looking to invest in an automated greenhouse or simply want to set up an online store, here are the eight most impactful technologies to implement around your farm:

1. Open Source Technology

Open source technology refers to programming and coding that can be modified by users according to their needs. When it comes to building an online presence, the most well-known open-source systems are Drupal and Wordpress, which create a blueprint that can then be customized by developers. 

Several open-source programs are available for small farms. One example is FarmOS, a farm management system that assists small farmers and homesteaders with record keeping, planning and other management tasks. This type of technology helps growers within the small farming industry optimize their capacity to collect and distribute data, all in one place. 

2. Used and Rental Equipment

New technology is not always the best technology. Many large agricultural businesses rely on costly, heavily subsidized equipment. If you are a small farmer or homesteader, you are most likely not farming in an equipment-intensive way and only need certain tools a few times a year. New technology in farm sharing enables small growers to find used equipment more easily or rent machinery for a specific project. 

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