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Early Farming

Iowa Agriculturist
Describes the types of plows used by American farmers from the pre-1800s until the 1860's.

Pioneer Farming
Describes crops, farm implements, and livestock on pioneer farms in Indiana in the early-to-mid-1800s

1850 Farm
Describes activities on an 1850 pioneer farm in Iowa with photos from exhibits at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa

1900 Farm
Describes a horse-powered farm of 1900 in Iowa with photos from exhibits at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa

John Deere Self-Polishing Cast Steel Plow
Describes John Deere's invention of improved plows beginning in 1837 and the impact of that equipment on Midwest agriculture


Development of Farming Through the Years

Farmers and the Land
Presents a timeline of the important developments in American agriculture from 1776-1990 including statistics on the number of farms and the total farm population

A History of American Agriculture
A History of American Agriculture. by decade, by category. 17th-18th Centuries 1800 1820 1840 1860 1880 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 ...

Interactive Census Maps for 2002 Agriculture Census Highlights
Includes statistics on the number of farms and the total farm population


Farming Today

Farming Today And Tomorrow - A Day in the Life of a Farmer- Fun Farm Facts
Presents a list of 36 facts about today's farmers; including expenses, education and technology needed to run today's farms

Farming Today and Tomorrow - A Day in the Life of a Farmer - Interview a Farmer
Provides interview questions which may be asked of a farmer today

Life on the Farm
Two Midwest farm families and their children share real-life experiences about farm life in the United States today. Includes photos of today's farming practices

 

 
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