More Vertical Farming and Farmers Lead in Conservation

More Vertical Farming and Farmers Lead in Conservation

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, this is your Agribusiness Update.

**People everywhere are turning to greenhouses and indoor vertical farms to grow commodities.

University of Florida researchers tell the systems use far less land than conventional farms, drastically reducing some environmental impacts.

On the flipside, indoor farms and greenhouses cost a lot of money to start and maintain, from a half million to $1.5 million for a 10,000-square foot greenhouse, and that doesn’t include electricity, 20 to 30% of your operational costs.

**America’s farmers and ranchers lead the way in greenhouse gas emissions reduction through voluntary conservation efforts and incentives.

That’s according to the EPA’s “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: 1990-2022, that shows American agriculture reduced emissions 2% from 2021 to 22 alone, the largest of any economic sector.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says this demonstrates agriculture’s commitment to growing America’s food and fiber while improving the land, air, and water.

**The Food and Agriculture Information Sharing and Analysis Center released its first annual report on U.S. ransomware incidents in the food and agriculture sector.

The report shows while there were fewer ransomware attacks in agriculture, there were 167 ransomware attacks against agriculture out of 2,905 total in 2023.

Ransomware hackers use malicious code that blocks access to the data without paying a ransom.

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