The history of agriculture dates back millions of years, and its development has been defined by many different cultures and technologies. All the way from pastoral nomadism to vertical farming, agriculture continues to evolve. Statistics show that 1 in 5 jobs are related to agriculture, whether that be dealing with plants, animals, fungi, biofuel, medicinal plants or other products, all are used to help sustain and enhance human life. Therefore, agriculture is a very large topic because it gets down to the basic human necessities in life, for example, water, food, fuel, and medicine. However, in the whirlwind of the world’s more important political and environmental issues like terrorism and finding alternative energy, agriculture can be largely overlooked.
This present decade is coming out with some of the largest most complex agricultural equipment and methods ever seen. Some are even referring to it as “The Precision Agricultural Revolution”. The autonomous tractor seen at the Husker Harvest days convention in Nebraska, is a perfect example of how far agriculture has come in the world. The tractor is completely built to run independently without requiring a driver or implement operator, the machine is told what to do purely from the control of an iPad. Thus leaving more time for farmers to be operating other machines, repairing other equipment, or doing other tasks necessary for the progression of their farm.
The images of the older photography are great examples of the worlds humble beginnings of how agriculture started out. It is important to compare old and modern equipment so that we can get the sense of accomplishment and historical knowledge of the evolution of our agricultural methods and equipment.
The principal objective of this comparison is to show the world how far agricultural technology, methods, and equipment has come. From the use of horse draw plows to the autonomous hands free farming beast, technology has advanced agriculture, in turn enhancing human life and the way we know it. This project consists of approximately 20 photos of modern agricultural equipment, methods, and technologies. With each modern image there is a vintage photograph after it in order to compare the present to the past. Each photo includes a small text describing the equipment or methodology being used in the picture. The project ends after an old photograph is compared to the autonomous tractor, so that the audience leaves with a thoughtful and intrigued attitude towards agriculture and its technology.
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