we have known it, with family farms and viable rural communities,
is being rapidly transformed into an industrial agriculture,
with factory farms and dying rural communities. Such times
of change are times of great risks but also times of great
opportunity. There are no guarantees of survival or success.
But, an understanding of the forces of change can be quite
helpful in coping with the risks of change and in realizing
the opportunities. The forces driving change in American agriculture
today are the continuing forces of industrialization.