Types of ag projects?

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Agricultural projects aim to change farming practices through education, promotion, and research. Education teaches farmers and non-farmers about agriculture, promotion encourages buying from sustainable farms, and research aims for advancements in farming.

Farming is an important aspect of life for almost every human being. Vegetables, meat and dairy products all come from farms and in modern times some aim to change these farms through an agricultural project. Some projects aim to make farms simpler and more organic, and others want to use technology and advanced scientific thinking to advance agriculture. Regardless of the goal, the three basic types of agricultural projects are educational, promotional, and research. Most projects include one, if not more, of these elements to help change the way farming is done.

Education is a popular form of agricultural project because it requires little capital, resources, and employees. By collecting and presenting information, this aims to teach farmers and non-farmers a certain aspect of agriculture in order to change opinions and practices. A good example would be an education project to educate people about the benefits of free-range chickens. One group, possibly a non-profit agriculture group or even an animal rights group, will present the findings to an audience, showcasing the health and profit benefits of not keeping these animals in a cage. The group can take its message to the public through places like farmers markets or even go directly to farms and meet the farmers themselves.

Promotion is another popular form of agricultural project. It is similar to education in that it has a message to send, but the goal of this type of project is often not to change practices but to encourage buying. The sustainable agriculture movement is a prime example of this type of project. Local farms that use organic sources and distribute locally have plans to encourage customers to seek out and purchase this type of produce rather than food that comes from factory farms. These projects are often very specialized and financed by the farms themselves.

A third type of agricultural project is a research-based project. Often funded by a university or a farm, it aims for the advancement of the farm. Seeking public or private funding with a specific goal, the workers in these projects act like laboratory scientists attempting to invent new products. An example of an agricultural research project might be a university attempting to create a new hybrid soybean. This project would combine scientific research, hypothesis and testing in order to create a breakthrough in agriculture.

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