Why agriculture is important to me
Until the development of agriculture, people were nomadic, wandering from place to place in search of food. The development of agriculture meant that people could settle in the one place.
People began to settle and develop their farms along river and creek banks and the first communities began.
Farmers have very different lifestyles than city workers today. A farmer's day often starts around 4:30 or 5:00 am if they have to get up early to milk cows or feed animals. A farmer's life is also often controlled by the seasons and much more dependent on the weather. Although the life is hard, a lot of city people envy farmers and their outdoor work and closeness to nature.
In 1987 Farmland covered nearly 65% of Australia and nearly 60% of New Zealand. In both countries, more than 90% of the farmland is pasture or relatively dry grazing land and is an important producer of beef, lamb, mutton, and dairy products. Most of the cropland in Australia and New Zealand lies...