Mediaplanet sits down with Alan Hagie, President and CEO of Hagie Manufacturing, to discuss agriculture in America.

Mediaplanet: How can agriculture help to alleviate poverty and hunger in America?

Alan Hagie: Without modern farming, cultivated farmland would need to double to produce the same amount of food.

As land remains invariable, producers provide for a growing population through sustainable farming practices that improve efficiencies, thus driving down the cost of production and ultimately reducing the cost of food available to consumers.  

"Without modern farming, cultivated farmland would need to double to produce the same amount of food."

MP: How have agricultural innovations and technology improved the food production process?

AH: Without crop protectants, nearly 40 percent of the world’s crop production would be lost.

Through the adoption of equipment technologies and innovative farming practices, producers are performing site specific, timely and precise applications to increase efficiencies and expand production volumes. These advancements get more out of every acre than ever before.  

MP: Why did you pursue a career in the agricultural sector?

AH: Through being raised on a family farm, I’ve gained appreciation for how closely agriculture is connected with our fundamental needs. As a producer, it’s important to live a life of gratitude and find a greater sense of purpose in becoming a steward of the land for future generations.