AGRO (Agricultural Growers' Resource Organization) rating. Farming & Agriculture > Miscellaneous > Agro-Industries. AGRO was a system developed by J.L. Barger and C.W. House to rate the financial stability of companies in this industry.
An agency that collects information on individuals before they can be hired or retained by a company. The agency can either do this directly, such as with a background check, or it can provide a service that does this for them. These services are often used by employers to help make hiring decisions. Some examples include credit reports, drug tests, and employment screening programs produced by HR departments or outside firms.
The act of assessing or evaluating quality or value. For example, an agronomist would study how different plants grow to determine which ones are best suited for a particular soil type and climate. An agrologist would do the same thing but over a much wider range of plants and soils.
The practice of using statistics to analyze data about people who apply for jobs, for example, using criteria such as education, experience, and test scores. Statistics help employers make more informed decisions when they are trying to hire someone new or keep current employees.
Agroforestry is a sustainable land-use system that combines and manages trees, crops, and/or livestock in a single management unit. When compared to the functioning of its components alone, this system provides higher economic, environmental, and social advantages. For example, it can reduce the need for agricultural land by providing timber or other benefits, help mitigate climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and so on.
In Africa, where most people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood, agroforestry is becoming more popular because it helps conserve soil and water while producing food and income. It can be used as a tool for increasing crop yields while also providing habitat for wildlife. There are three main types of agroforestry systems: monoculture, polyculture, and intercropping.
In a monoculture, one species of plant is grown in isolation from other species. This type of system is used when there's a need for only one species to be cultivated. For example, if trees are being planted as part of an agroforestry program but not needed for fruit production, then only trees would be planted in this case. Monocultures are easy to maintain but they have many drawbacks including lack of genetic diversity and vulnerability to pests and diseases.
In a polyculture, several species of plants are grown together with no clear border between them.
Agroecosystems are cultivated ecosystems that normally correspond to the geographical unit of a farm and whose ecosystem functions are valued by humans in the form of agricultural commodities and services. Agricultural systems include both domesticated species and wild relatives of domestic plants and animals. Domesticated species have been selected by humans for use as food, fiber, fuel, and medicine. Wild relatives remain largely unchanged by human selection and account for most of the biodiversity found among crops. Agroecosystems can be classified according to three main characteristics: they consist of one or more species that meet all their nutritional requirements from agriculture (monocultures); they include both crop plants and livestock (polycultures); and they are used for production of one commodity (monocultures). Agroecosystems can also be divided into four broad categories on the basis of whether they are managed by farmers or not. When farmers manage these systems they use practices such as pest control, soil improvement, and crop rotation to maintain productivity and protect against pests. When non-farmers manage agroecosystems they use conservation tillage, trap placement, and pesticide applications provided by a company that sells agricultural inputs.
An agroecosystem is any ecosystem where humans depend on products from plants for their survival.
Agribusiness is a phrase used to define the economic sector that includes all agricultural-related operations such as chemicals, breeding, crop production, farming, farm machinery, distribution, and marketing. They are concerned with marketing and sales. Marketing may include activities such as advertising, branding, trade shows, and word of mouth.
People often think of farmers when they think of agribusinesses, but this is not always the case. Many companies work in collaboration with farmers to provide them with equipment, insurance, or other services. These collaborations can be based on time sharing or contract hiring. For example, a farmer might hire a tractor company to use one of their tractors for a part of the season while they are out working another part of the field. When they return, the tractor company would then lend them another tractor.
Another example would be if a farmer has an acre of land that they want to grow corn on, but don't have the time to care for it themselves. They could hire a seed company to give them some seeds and let them take care of the planting and growing for the season while the farmer focuses on other things. When the season is over, the seed company would come back and collect their crop.