We’ve seen a lot in 45 years (Editorial)
With this issue, we begin our 45th year of covering agriculture on the Delmarva Peninsula and the Mid-Atlantic region.
In that time, since that first issue of The Delmarva Farmer, much has changed in agriculture in this area, from what crops are grown to how they are grown and harvested to where they are shipped and sold.
These changes and others farmers have faced head-on, looking each time for opportunity in the wake of disruption.
Waves of technological advancements continually lap at the industry’s shores.
At one end are tools to make farming more efficient and hopefully improving a farm’s profitability.
At the other are trendy developments such as lab-grown meat and milk-like substitutes that threaten the entire industry as we know it.
As farming has increased its capability, the bulk of the food-buying public remains uniformed of how what they put in their grocery cart gets created.
Now more people are letting someone else do that without setting foot in the store.
Sooner than later, the food with arrive on their doorstep via drone flown by someone else in a different state.
But also, a food’s origin and environmental impact is increasingly questioned by activist groups, food companies and policy makers.
What’s not in question is the farmers’ commitment to grow the best crop he or she can with the responsibility to the land and water used to grow it.
It is with deep pride we continue our mission to support and inform the farmers who, by doing their jobs, allow everyone else to do theirs, making for civilization’s noble pursuits possible.
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