Characteristics of farm systems
Farming can be classified many ways according to what takes place on that farm.
The list below contains some of the major types;
Organic farming is farming that takes place without the use of chemicals.
Intensive farming is one that has high inputs of capital and/or labour. The
idea is to maximise the amount of produce gained from a unit area of land.
Extensive farming has low levels of input of labour or money and produces a low
yield per unit area of land (e.g. Grain farming in the Prairies)
Commercial farming is when a farmer produces food for sale.
Subsistence farming is where most of the food produced is to be eaten by the
farmers and little is left over for sale.
Arable farms produce crops.
Pastoral farms rear animals.
Extra information on the different farm systems;
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