ERIC Number: ED248084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Computerized Farm of the 21st Century.
McGrann, James M.
Advancement in computer technology comes at a time when agriculture is in transition from a production-oriented to a business-oriented activity and will require new skills and knowledge if farmers are to be prepared for the future. Electronic technology applications on 21st century commercial farms and ranches will include farm decision support sytems, monitoring and data logging for information systems, robots and electronic control of machines and irrigation systems, communications, and continuing education. Information on the latest technologies and access to rural and international libraries for education and entertainment will be possible by linking on-farm computers with two-way satellite communication. Educational activities must be changed to recognize the increasingly important role of women on the farms of the future since women will play a larger role in computerized farm and ranch management and must be better trained in accounting, economics, and finance to complement the use of computerized tools. The Cooperative Extension Service will face major challenges because of its primary role in education and information generation and delivery. The Year 2000 Computerized Farm Project operates a 3,300 acre demonstration farm and ranch to facilitate testing and evaluation of computer applications in a commercial farm setting. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service; Impact; Year 2000 Computerized Farm Project TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (47th, College Station, TX, August 22-25, 1984).