Readings in the history of American agriculture / edited by Wayne D. Rasmussen.


Urbana [Ill.] : University of Illinois Press, 1960.

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Other Authors Rasmussen, Wayne D. 1915-2004,
Subjects Agriculture -- United States -- History.
Agriculture.
United States.
Description 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1960.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 312-320) and index.
Also issued online.
Contents pt. I. The beginnings of American Agriculture, 1607-1775 : English agriculture sets the pattern ; American Indian crops adopted by European settlers ; Settlers at Jamestown and Plymouth learn to plant corn ; English agricultural revolution brings changes in American agriculture -- part II. Agriculture during the Confederation, 1776-1789 : The sale and government of western lands ; Agricultural societies encourage improved farming -- part III. Gradual improvements in American agriculture, 1789-1861 : Whitney invents the cotton gin ; First American agricultural journal ; Local agricultural societies organized to sponsor annual fairs ; John Lorain develops methods to breed golden yellow maize ; Introduction of improved cattle ; Jethro Wood patents practical cast-iron plow ; First American soil scientist demonstrates value of lime ; Steel plows for prairie soil ; Mechanical grain reaper introduced ; Irrigation develops in the west ; Commercial fertilizers appear before the Civil War ; Cooperative marketing of farm products ; Grimm alfalfa brought to Minnesota -- part IV. The first American agricultural revolution, 1861-1914 : Establishment of the United States Department of Agriculture ; Agricultural colleges encouraged by Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 ; Homestead Act passed ; First grange organized ; Science of human nutrition established ; Bonanza farming in the Red River Valley ; Sugar beets cultivated successfully and vertical integration in farming begins ; Cattle industry of the Great Plains ; Vedalia beetle or ladybird introduced to control cottony-cushion scale ; State experiment stations provide the basis for scientific agriculture ; Tick fever of cattle controlled ; Babcock butterfat test developed ; Gasoline tractor invented ; Breeding disease-resistant strains of plants ; Rise of dry farming ; Serum-virus treatment against hog cholera ; Farm demonstrations to combat boll weevil lead to county agent system ; Country Life Commission.
pt. V. World War I stimulates demand for farm products, 1914-1919 : Farm production increases during World War I ; Federal government institutes Rural Credit Program ; Modern hybrid seed corn developed -- part VI. Return to normalcy and agricultural depression, 1920-1932 : Farm Bloc organized in Congress ; Agricultural crises of 1920-1923 and the McNary Haugen Plan ; Master Farmer Movement begins ; Hybrid seed corn commercially available in the corn belt ; Domestic allotment plan proposed ; Federal Farm Board established --pt. VII. The New Deal, 1933-1939 : Congress authorizes program to control production and marketing ; Cross-breeding produces meat-type hogs ; Soil conservation encourage and aided by the Federal government ; Artificial breeding changes dairy industry -- part VIII. World War II and the second agricultural revolution : Second agricultural revolution begins with World War II ; World Food Board proposed -- A chronology of American agricultural history.
Genre History.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)557531
(OCoLC)ocm00557531
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