Terminology Revisited: Effective Communications for the Agricultural Community
In 1862 (when USDA established) about 60% of the U.S. population were farmers, but in 2000 it was around 2%. Many people from a diversity of backgrounds are returning to small acreages and are newcomers to agriculture. Pasture-based production systems for meat goats, sheep, and cattle are growing rapidly in the eastern U.S., especially on smaller-scale farms. Increasing demand for U.S.-grown agricultural products, including pasture-raised meat and dairy products, requires renewed efforts to relay practical production agriculture information as effectively as possible. We emphasize the need to return to use of standardized terminology when explaining soil, plant, and livestock management practices.
Turner, K. E., & Belesky, D. P. (2010). Terminology Revisited: Effective Communications for the Agricultural Community. The Journal of Extension, 48(2), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss2/5