“To make agriculture sustainable, the grower has got to be able to make a profit.”
—Sam Farr, American politician
When we sit down to eat a meal, seldom do we think about where the food that makes up our meal comes from or whose hands helped cultivate it. In fact, when most people think about agriculture, a simple idea comes to mind: put seeds in the ground; make sure there is enough water; harvest the crops; repeat next season. The realities of modern agriculture, however, are much more complex. Today’s farmers need to worry not only about the increasingly-complex craft of growing food but also about the business side of the industry, including ensuring enough funds are available to have a successful season and finding ways to guard against risks such as floods, droughts, hail and late frosts.