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There are many misconceptions about farming and agriculture. Some of them are rooted in fact, some of them are based on experiences that just aren’t true. Here are four common misconceptions about farming and agriculture:


Everyone’s farming the same way

Everyone's farming the same way: You might be accustomed to seeing pictures of tractors, fields, and rows of crops. But there is no single definition for what agriculture is or looks like. For example:

  • Cropland can be any type of land that’s used for growing crops (like wheat or corn).
  • Arable land has more than 30% of its surface suitable for agricultural production (such as growing grain, fruit trees, vegetables).
  • Horticulture refers to food grown outdoors in greenhouses and containers on farms—often fruits, nuts and flowers—rather than plants cultivated in open fields (as with corn).

Farming goes on the same all year round

It's important to understand the difference between farming and agriculture so that you can be sure your expectations are in line with reality. Farming is the process of growing crops and livestock, but it doesn't mean that those things are produced at all times of year or in every region of the world. Agriculture is defined as: "the cultivation of land, harvesting crops and rearing livestock." The two words are frequently used interchangeably because they're so closely related—but there is an important distinction between them: agriculture implies that a crop or livestock has been planted on purpose for human consumption; whereas farming refers more broadly to any activity relating to food production, including gathering wild plants and hunting animals for food (fishing). So while farming may take place all year round in some parts of the world due to warmer weather conditions; other areas only experience their optimal growing seasons during certain months according to seasonal changes.

Agriculture is full of chemicals and pesticides

There’s a common misconception that agriculture is full of chemicals and pesticides. In fact, the term “chemical” can be applied to almost anything. Everything we eat and drink is made up of chemicals—even water contains them, although in much smaller amounts than other foods like cheese.

So what do farmers mean when they use the word “chemical”? They simply mean any substance used on plants or animals to help keep crops healthy and increase yields. There are many different types of chemicals used by growers—some are natural substances found in nature while others come from factories or labs (called synthetic). Some examples include:

  • Fertilizers – These help crops grow better because they provide nutrients plants need to grow strong roots and produce fruits/seeds/leaves etc…
  • Herbicides – These kill weeds so that only crops grow on fields instead of weeds taking over!
  • Pesticides - These kill insects so they don't destroy our food supply!

What goes into your food and how it's produced

You might have heard the term “farm-to-table” before and wondered what it meant. This means that food is produced and then consumed in a short distance from each other. Not only does this help to cut down on transportation emissions, but it also ensures that you know exactly where your food came from. For example, if someone is selling apples at the farmer’s market, you can ask them how their apple trees are doing this year or if they are going to be harvesting enough apples for next season to meet demand.


So, there you have it. Four common misconceptions about agriculture that we hope will help you to understand the industry and its people better. As with any industry, farming involves a huge range of different jobs, with varying levels of responsibility and reward. It’s important not only to know where our food comes from but also how it gets there so that we can make informed decisions about what we eat every day.