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AGRICULTURAL HISTORY

 
 
 INVENTION      INVENTOR   YEAR
Barbed Wire Joseph Glidden 1873
Cotton Gin Eli Whitney 1793
Peanut Agricultural Science George Washington Carver 1896
Reaper Cyrus McCormick 1831
Seed Dril Jethro Tull 1701
     

TO LEARN MORE

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
1000 Inventions & Discoveries
by Roger Bridgman / Hardcover: 256 pages / Dorling Kindersley Publishing; (2002)
Fascinating stories and vivid photographs and illustrations tell the tales of the developments in technology and natural science that have shaped our world. Profiles of the famous (and not-so-famous) men and women who have had "Eureka!" moments, a running timeline which puts the inventions and discoveries in historical context.
The History of Science and Technology
by Bryan Bunch, Alexander Hellemans / Hardcover: 768 pages / Houghton Mifflin Company; (2004)
Highly browsable yet richly detailed, expertly researched and indexed, The History of Science and Technology is the perfect desktop reference for both the science novice and the technologically advanced reader alike.
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
by Wendell Berry /  Paperback: 246 pages  / Sierra Club Books; 3RD edition (March 19, 1996)
We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economics dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits.
Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How Agriculture Really Began  
by Colin Tudge / Hardcover: 64 pages / Yale University Press (October 11, 1999)
The author overturns the traditional view that farming began in the Middle East 10,000 years ago, quickly led to the Neolithic farming revolution, and ended the hunting-gathering lifestyle. Agriculture in some form had been practiced for thousands of years before that,


ON THE SCREEN:
Farming Technology
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00 / Also VHS
It is the industry that feeds the world, an industry so efficient that, in America at least, it is possible never to think about it. But behind your fully-stocked local market stands an extraordinarily sophisticated network that has revolutionized every step from seed to shelf
Harvesting
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / 73189 / Less than $25.00
Cutting, digging, picking, stripping, shaking and raking--whatever the crop, there's a custom machine to harvest it. It all began with hand picking, but today it's often one man and one machine harvesting hundreds of acres in a matter of hours.
Harvesting 2
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / 76960 / Less than $25.00
In America's orchards and farm fields, the constant effort to supplement or replace hand labor with mechanization has produced dozens of efficient and sometimes bizarre harvesting methods.
Super Seeds
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / 73680 / Less than $25.00
Discover how the super seeds are engineered to resist the devastation caused by foes like locusts, and how advances in soil management and fertilizers promise to dramatically increase farmers' yields. .


ON THE WEB:

Dvelopment of American Agriculture
CampSilos is an educational Web site focusing on the development of American agriculture. The site provides online educational material related to the natural prairie, pioneer farm life, early agricultural technology, the story of corn from its early Indian origins to the present, and 21st century technological advances including applications of GPS and biotechnology.
(URL: www.campsilos.org/mod4/s1a.shtml)
Grain Harvesting History
Information obtained from McCormick Reaper Centennial Source Material (International Harvester Company: Chicago) 1931. Numerous photos of the reaper evolution.
(URL: www.vaes.vt.edu/steeles/mccormick/harvest.html)

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