Agriculture has played, and undoubtedly continues to play, a vital role in human civilisation. The practice of agriculture is essential in many ways, and the most central one is the fact that we need to eat. If no one were willing to invest, or work, in agriculture, we would not be gifted with the food we enjoy today.
Agricultural products are not limited to the servings we enjoy. Ideally, products of agriculture are things you get from cultivating plants or rearing animals. Some products can be directly traced to agriculture, whereas others are subjected to other processes before they are released to the market. That said, here are some everyday agricultural products.
- Food: This is a general term describing products or substances, that can be used or prepared, to meet diverse dietary requirements. According to the food pyramid shared by the United States Department of agriculture, the main types of food include proteins, dairy, fruit, vegetables, grains, and oils
- Fuels: Some fuels are also classified as agricultural products. These are mostly obtained from plants, and some dairy products. Some typical examples of fuels derived from agrarian practices include hog fuel feedstock, ethanol from corn, biomass, wood products, and sugarcane biomass fuels
- Fibres: Fibres are obtained from plants like sisal, cotton, bamboo, coconut jute, and hemp, among others that might be used to produce fibres. Fibres extracted from plants are then used in the manufacture of different agricultural products such as paper, clothes, and ropes
- Raw materials: Raw materials are agricultural products that serve as the input of production of other farm products. For instance, composite manure from plants and livestock feeds, are used to produce food and dairy products respectively; all of which are classified as agricultural products
Agricultural products are a result of a process or a series of activities. This process starts with farm preparation, or when you acquire an animal. The process ends when the products are saleable or ready for the market. Some products are retailed in their natural form, whereas others have to undergo some processing.