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Contents List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii 1. American Agriculture before 1930 1 Commercial Origins 1 Tilling and Preparing the Soil 5 Tools for Planting and Cultivating 6 Tools of Harvest 8 TheTractor 15 Research, Education, and Extension 19 Credit and Marketing 25 2. TheTraditional Family Farm:A Personal Account 31 Profile of a FarmingVillage 32 Home Provenance 37 Household Patterns 42 3. A New Deal for Agriculture, 1930   –1938 51 First Fruits: Hoover’s Farm Board 52 Maturing a New Farm Program 59 The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 63 Other New Deal Farm Programs 68 Soil Conservation and the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 72 4. WorldWar II and Its Aftermath:A Family Report 77 Wartime Changes in MyVillage 77 PostwarTransformations 80 Successful Farming in Pennsylvania 91 5. Dimensions of an Agricultural Revolution 97 The Great New Machines 99 Electrification 107 Chemical Inputs 108 Plant and Animal Breeding 119 6.Surpluses and Payments:FederalAgricultural Policy,1954   –2008 123 Production Controls and Price Supports 123 Farm Policy in theTruman and Eisenhower Administrations 126 Managing Surpluses during a Productivity Revolution 130 The Farm Crisis of the 1980s 132 International Agreements and the Federal Agricultural  Improvement and Reform Act 134 The 2002 Farm Bill and Beyond 138 Noncommodity Programs 141 7. Farming in theTwenty-first Century: Status and Challenges 147 Profile of Contemporary Farms 147 Farm Labor 154 Farm Income 157 Critics and Criticisms 164 Agriculture and the Environment 168 8.Alternatives 175 Lonely Farmers 175 Alternatives in LandTenure 177 Agrarian Reform 180 Alternative or Sustainable Agriculture 183 Federal Support of Sustainable Agriculture 192 Certified Organic Farming 194 Afterword 201 Notes 207 Index 215 ...

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ISBN
9780813173153
Related ISBN
9780813125190
MARC Record
OCLC
262840971
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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