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A Timeline of Agricultural Development Stephen Moulton Babcock
Stephen Moulton Babcock
developed a test to show the amount of butterfat in milk. That test helped fix standards for municipal milk inspection and set fair market prices according to quality grading. He also carried out research in the fields of nutrition and the chemistry of vitamins.
Pictures from 1957
Agriculture in 1957, in Pictures
Hugh Hammond Bennett
Hugh Hammond Bennett
began "preaching" the need for soil conservation years before the Dust Bowl made it a necessity. His efforts finally resulted in the creation of soil conservation districts across the country, as well as the adoption of farming practices that help prevent soil erosion.
1958 in Pictures
Agriculture in 1958, in Pictures
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver
advocated alternating cotton crops with other crops to restore nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. To enhance the attractiveness of alternative crops, he developed a variety of uses for each. He devised more than 300 uses for the peanut alone.
Agriculture News and Pictures from 1959
Agriculture News and Pictures from 1959
A "cranberry scare" occurred shortly before Thanksgiving after authorities seized tons of berries they feared had been contaminated with weed killer.
Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull
realized that the sowing of grain seed by hand was very wasteful and decided to develop a more efficient method. In 1701, he invented the horse-drawn seed drill, and his design remained the standard for over a century.
Agriculture in 1960
Agriculture in 1960
Total crop production in 1960 (in the United States) set a new all-time record high, with record high yields per acre recorded for corn, sorghum grain, peanuts, rice, dry beans, and tobacco. This despite many parts of the country experiencing unfavorable weather.
 
Agriculture in 1967
Agriculture in 1967
Crop yield and meat production numbers were high around the world, leading to surpluses in the United States that in turn caused some farmers to rebel against low prices.
 
Agriculture in 1979
Agriculture in 1979
On February 5, three thousand farmers marchedon Washington, D.C., to demand higher price supports.
 
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