There are currently about two million farms in the United States that earn approximately $404 billion for the U.S. economy. American farms provide food for millions of dinner tables, and they create about four million jobs. Small family farms account for 90 percent of the active producers today, and meeting the needs of these owner-operated businesses is important to the industry. The protection of seeds remains a top priority for many reasons.
More Productive Crop
Seeds must produce or the investment made by the farm is lost. When a farm gets as much volume as they estimate is possible from a crop, or they exceed their numbers, they are able to stay on budget. Profitable farms expand, hire new help, and bring cash into the community.
Better Food Security
Farm survival is not just a concern for the owners of the business but for everyone. Americans rely on these crops to feed themselves and their families. Food shortages cause prices to rise and may even leave some areas without the supplies they need. A healthy, abundant crop provides vital nutrition at an affordable price to the hundreds of millions of customers in the U.S. and many more around the globe.
Secure Family Traditions
Many families that own farms do not see themselves as just business owners. They are people carrying on a family tradition, and the efforts of their ancestors helped to establish the country. The main desire of most farmers is rarely wealth, but the ability to pass on what they know and love to their children and grandchildren. Achieving this goal starts at the beginning, and that is with a reliable supply of seeds.
Most farmers do not face a shortage of trusted seed suppliers but may have had concerns about the safety of their seeds and the investment. Seeds are at risk from rot and insects and, while pre-treated seeds offer protection, they do not allow the farmer to control the chemical content. They may also not be able to accurately determine how much they need. This can lead to underestimating the order or to an overabundance of treated seeds they cannot return. Empowering Farmers with the ability to self-treat seeds has now become more prevalent and is increasing the confidence of many farmers in their ability to remain profitable and protect their crops.