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Agriculture Through The Years Essay

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Imagine a warm summer day, the wind lightly blowing across bare skin with the warmth of the brilliant sun causing you to get minor goose bumps. In the background you smell of manure and dirt. You go inside and grab a cool and refreshing glass of homemade lemonade and go back outside and sip on it; savoring the sour taste of fresh lemon but at the same time the sweet relief of the sugar. As you stand outside you can’t help but notice all the agriculture that is going on around you from the diesel powered CASE IH 2500 Combine to the dairy farm just down the corner. Agriculture is all around you.
In a society growing as rapidly as we are today it astonishes me how many people don’t know how all the food that we eat is produced. If you think about it, all the food we eat starts out with a simple seed, that seed is then planted and who are the people that harvest and tend to those plants, Farmers. Agriculture just doesn’t stop at farming, there is so much more. The stereotype for agriculture is always plants and that’s not it. Agriculture is so broad and so old, many things make it up.
Agribusiness; an industry engaged in the producing operations of a farm, the manufacture and distribution of farm equipment and supplies, and the processing, storage, and distribution of farm commodities; this broad major separates into many other different majors such as Agricultural Law; Agricultural Economics and many more. These certain majors would not exist if it wasn’t for the first person long before there was written history who picked up a seed and decided to plant it in the ground and watched what happened.
Besides studies there are also many different organizations that involve agriculture such as FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H. Both of these organizations teach the younger generation and Generation Y how to plant a garden properly, how to repair different types of engines you would find in industrial equipment. There are so many ways that agriculture influences our life, but does anyone really know what agriculture is?
Agriculture; the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products has been around since before the 18th century. Before there was even electricity and the ICE (internal combustion engine) we had the power of animals. In the 18th century Oxen and Horses, along with pure human power, were used to plow fields, plant crops and pick crops (Spielmaker 1).
Agriculture hasn't always been a one way street. In the 17th century agriculture was used for trading. In 1776 the declaration of independence results partly from British controls on farm exports, restrictions on land titles, and limitations on western settlement. In 1791 First National Bank was chartered due to Shays Rebellion, a farmer’s revolt against deflation, in 1786. Where would society be today if these incidents never have happened? Would we still be controlled by...

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