When considering the drivers of change, especially over the last few weeks, there are several key factors shaping the economic conditions of the crop agriculture industry. 

Four dominant forces are currently at work — growing and diversified demand, technology, resource availability and societal influences.

Each has implications for the structure of crop production, including farm size, the business models used and relationships to other parts of the industry.

The food, feed, and fiber industries are being challenged to meet a growing ...