Agriculture plays an important role in all of our lives. The food we eat and the milk that we drink all fall back into the agriculture industry. If it was not for the agriculture industry we might not be here today. Agriculture is vital in securing one of our most basic resources food. Thats why we need to work together to ensure that the Agriculture industry is able to continue easily into the 21st century.
Agriculture in the 21st century relies heavily on the advancements that have been made in technology. The world is changing and old farming practices are now much more reliant on technology. Advances in computers and their abilities have made major changes in the agriculture industry and will continue to do so into the future.
The task that I decided to take on was to create a computer software program which would be able to keep track of all of the dairy herd animals on the Hurlstone school farm. The program had to be reliable and easy to use as well as fast to save farm staff having to look over the old farm record books.
The task was much harder than I had first anticipated but if it was going to help it was worth doing. The main task that I had to do at the beginning was mainly to find out what information was the database required to store.
The program that I created was made in Microsoft publisher. Thankfully for my other subjects at school I had some understanding of what I was doing. The program took just over 2 months to complete and now that it is complete and operational it still has regular updates to ensure that all the data is able to stay accurate and protected.
The database was completed with the first version V.1.1 beginning operation on the school farm during mid September 2009. Since this date 10 different versions of the database have been crated to allow for more information to be stored in the database.
This is a screen shot when the program was at version 1.2.. As you can see the program was only very simple with a few basic functions but it is much better than old books at storing data.
The program is a massive help to the farm staff who work on the dairy herd. The program is able to give up to date and accurate information in a few simple clicks rather than a few minutes searching through a record book. The program is a massive time saver and it is able to work efficiently all day long.
There are a number of other technological advances in the agriculture industry which should be embraced. Some of these technologies include, Automatic Dairy Milking Machines to save time and money. Automatic feed dispensers to feed stock when you are away. and Tractor guidance systems to ensure that the whole field is ploughed in the fastest most efficient way.
Technology is always changing, becoming more complex and efficient. Technology is able to save time and money when used in the appropriate places for the appropriate reasons. For example you would not need an automatic milking machine if your dairy herd only had 10 cows. If technology is used correctly it would boost the industry and the agricultural economy.
We can gain so much by embracing the technological advancements in the agricultural industry. Benefits include, Higher profit margins More produce Faster and more efficient operations Easier work (more time to spend on other things). A more advanced and productive industry
We have got nothing to lose by embracing agricultural advances in technology. A number of other industries have increased productivity massively by simply implementing technology to help save time and make work easier.
Our lives would not be the same if it was not for the technological advances that we have made In the agriculture industry over the past 20 years. As technology takes a hold of our lives we need to embrace the technology that is made available to us or we could be left behind. To stay up to date we need to ensure that we embrace any advances in the industry. Without doing so could harm the industry and Australia’s economy.
It’s now time for all of to now see if there is any technology available to us that would help our lives. Lets Embrace technology and its positive chance and move forward as an industry into the new technological era.
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