Evolution of the Alabama Agroecosystem

Evolution of the Alabama Agroecosystem

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Evolution of the Alabama Agroecosystem describes aspects of food and fiber production from prehistoric to modern times. Using information and perspectives from both the qhardq sciences (geology, biology) and the qsoftq science (sociology, history, economics, politics), it traces agriculture's evolution from its appearance in the Old World to its establishment in the New World. It discusses how agricultural practices originating in Europe, Asia and Africa determined the path agriculture followed as it developed in the Americas. The book focuses on changes in US and Alabama agriculture since the early nineteenth century and the effects that increased government involvement have had on the country's agricultural development. Material presented explains why agriculture in Alabama and much of the South remains only marginally competitive compared to many other states, the role that limited agricultural competitiveness played in the slower rate of economic development in the South in general, and how those limiting factors ensure that agricultural development in Alabama and the South will continue to keep up but never catch up.A rudimentary corn picker was invented by Edmund Quincy in 1850. After 1850, most of the grain in the prairie regions was being threshed by machine. By 1851 ... By 1857, John Deere was producing 10, 000 steel plows a year. As early asanbsp;...

Title:Evolution of the Alabama Agroecosystem
Author:Eddie Wayne Shell
Publisher:NewSouth Books - 2013


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