Official Definition of Farm
A farm is a piece of land which is dedicated primarily to agricultural activities with the primary purpose of producing crops and food; it’s the main facility in agricultural food production. A farm may be set up for several purposes such as to produce fruit, vegetables, livestock or ornamental items such as grass. Many farmers grow many different kinds of crops including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, peaches, oranges, plums, carrots, onions, potatoes, hay, wheat and grain. They also raise and sell cattle, horses, sheep, goats and chickens on a small scale and raise and feed turkeys and ducks.
There are two types of farms: individual and corporate. An individual farm is a type of farm, where the majority of the activities take place and most of the produce is directly produced by the farmer or family. Corporate farms are large scale ventures owned by individuals or corporations that purchase large tracts of land for growing a variety of agricultural products. The products sold are for human consumption and/or animal consumption. The government has an official definition of an agricultural enterprise which includes any business concern that produces, delivers, or handles goods destined for sale in the agricultural sector. In United States, some of the main farm businesses include poultry, beef, dairy, sheep and sugarcane.
Agriculture has been a major driver of the global food supply. With the increasing demand, farmers have increased the productivity and profit of their farms. As a result of this increased productivity, farmers are able to earn greater profits from a smaller area of land. It was not until the 20th century that farming became a commercially lucrative industry and since then it has grown into a massive industry employing millions of people worldwide and contributing to economic growth.