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What are some similarities between corporate farms and mixed-crop farms?

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    Mixed farming refers to simultaneous activities involving both crop and animals. The main purpose of a mixed farming system is to reduce external inputs (such as fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and fuel) by obtaining the farm inputs from within the farm instead of outside the farm. Within-farm inputs are obtained by recycling or reusing all farm wastes, so one activity of the farm supports another farm activity, which in turn supports another farm activity. In other words, every component (activity) in the farm supports one another. For example, a mixed farming system may have both fish and vegetables. The water from the fish pond is given to the vegetables (for water and nutrients, where the latter comes from fish wastes), and some of the vegetables are given to the fish as feed. This reduces external inputs. A more diversified and complex mixed farming system may have fodder trees (to feed the livestock), animals (to provide fertilizers from manure and graze on weeds), and even a biodigester (to provide fuel from farm wastes). This creates a more closed, self sufficient system. There is actually no "official" term "corporate farming", unlike the term "mixed farming". Corporate farming would mean a farm (or farms) that is run by a large corporation (instead of by a family or by a collective). This would also mean the corporate farming activities are typically large scale and intensive, where profit, efficiency, and productivity are heavily emphasized. Mixed farming systems are typically run by families and in developing countries. A good example of a very successful mixed farming system is the CIPAV system (from Columbia) which is endorsed by FAO.

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    If a farm is incorporated it is "corporate" even if only 1 family owns it. If a corporation does mixed crop farming, then it is doing "mixed crop farming". Mixed crop farming has nothing to do with the ownership of the farm.

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    @kphs66 Thanks once again for the help! :P

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