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U.S. agricultural productivity has generally risen over time

U.S. agricultural productivity has generally risen over time
Technological developments in agriculture have been particularly influential in driving change in the farm sector. Advances in mechanization and the increasing availability of chemical inputs led to ever-increasing economies of scale that spurred rapid growth in the size of the farms responsible for most agricultural production. As a result, even as the amount of land and labor inputs used in farming declined, total farm output more than doubled between 1978 and 2011.

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