Local Farmers Use Technology to Make Farming More Efficient


More farms are using computers for their businesses.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 40% of farms have them in place.

Lauren and Brian Arbogast use technology in the classroom and on the farm.

Lauren, who teaches preschool at W.H. Keister Elementary School, just launched a website about agriculture.

The new site will incorporate what she does in the classroom as well.

"It's just the chance to get the word out about agriculture and how supremely important it is," said Arbogast.

Lauren Arbogast brings Arbogast Farms to school each Friday through her lesson plans.

"Just being able to say, hi, I'm a farmer I'm here or being involved in a farm and I will gladly answer any of your questions," said Arbogast.

Lauren Arbogast wants people to know more about how their food gets from farm to table.

The Arbogasts aren't strangers to technology.

"The computer regulates the temperature in the building and cools it as needed. As the temperature rises, the computer will kick on more fans," said Brian Arbogast.

Brian Arbogast has five poultry houses with 150,000 chicken.

They are getting their next shipment on Friday.

The houses are operated by computers.

"And if it gets to a certain temperature where the fans are, all the fans are on, then the Coolcell will kick on," said Arbogast.

The Coolcell uses recycled water to cool the building about three minutes at a time.

Arbogast also uses a tractor that's computer operated.

"It will tell you the acreage in a field, it will tell you how many gallons per hour the tractor is burning of fuel... So they can save more fuel which in return helps the farmer," said Arbogast.

From the farm to the classroom to online, the Arbogasts are examples of how technology is influencing farming.

"Everyday we use the internet on the farm, for corn prices, fuel prices..actually vet services," said Brian Arbogast.

The website will reflect what she's showing her students in school, but it will also be a chance to get ideas from other farmers.

She'd like to connect with farmers across the world through email, FaceTime and social media.


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