Farm Facts

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  • Farming is an important occupation, because everyone needs food and clothing to survive.
  • Farms produce all kinds of plants, animals, wool and cotton that people eat and utilize throughout the world.
  • Before the twentieth century, the typical American family lived on a small farm. They raised almost everything they ate and sold their remaining crops and/or animals.
  • Farmers work long, hard hours.
  • There are less farms in the United States today than there were in the early 1900’s, but the ones that are working produce more.
  • Scientific methods and labor-saving machinery have made farming increasingly productive.
  • The development of improved plant varieties and fertilizers has helped significantly increase the yields of some major crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat.
  • Scientific studies on livestock care and breeding have helped increase the amount of meat and products that animals produce.
  • The use of tractors and other modern farm equipment has sharply reduced the need for farm workers.
  • Today’s farmer is not just an expert in agriculture and livestock, but they also need to be successful businessmen.