Topic paper # 2.docx - Virginia Riggs Topic paper#2 American agriculture has been making immense advances since it was discovered A major time era for

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Virginia Riggs Topic paper #2 American agriculture has been making immense advances since it was discovered. A major time era for agriculture, good and bad, was during the nineteen hundreds. Agriculture started off excellent in the early nineteen hundreds but would quickly change for the worse. World War two would be a major changing point for agriculture in helping shape the way agriculture is today. Industrialization was a new era for farmers. “Industrial technology brought widespread improvements to farmers” (Farias, 2015). This era brought about many machines, which would decrease the need for manpower. Man now had more free time to start learning about new ways to be more efficient on the farm. “In 1902 the reclamation act was passed, this would lead to a water project for irrigation. Damns would now be able to supply irrigation water to dry land” (Farias, 2015). This was huge for areas that were un able to farm because they did not have enough water. “Farmers were also doing research on disease resistant varieties of plants” (Farias, 2015). This was a huge discovery for agriculture, this type of research is still being done today to be able to produce larger portions of food with out having to worry about losing your whole crop due to disease or infestation. During World War one the agriculture economy boomed. Farmers were told to just keep producing as much food as possible to help aid the war effort across seas. “When the war was over there was a surplus in food, this caused prices to plummet” (Farias, 2015). Agriculture would now be in a depression that would last until 1940. Roosevelt was president at the time and started trying to help farmers with new deal programs to help sale the surplus food and get a little bit of money back to the farmer. To make things worse
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for farmers between the time period of 1930 and 1935 there was a major dust bowl. “Dust storms were made worse by the practice of plowing fields and leaving exposed soil before planting in the spring” (Farias, 2015). Farmers were now making absolutely no money and were forced to move and start over. These were a few of the things going on before World War two would begin.
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