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  1. Farm efficiency in the United States
  2. Who Farms in the United States?
  3. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  4. Minorities as Farm Operators
  5. Agricultural Subsidies
  6. Food for Peace Program
  7. Major Crops in the United States
  8. Major U.S. Crops: Corn
  9. Major U.S. Crops: Soybeans
  10. Major U.S. Crops: Wheat
  11. Major U.S. Crops: Cotton
  12. Planting and Harvesting Cotton
  13. Major U.S. Crops: Rice
  14. How Rice Is Grown in the United States
  15. Dairy Farming in the United States
  16. Cheese Production in the United States
  17. Poultry and Meat Production in the United States
  18. Raising Cattle for Beef
  19. Factory Farming
  20. Farm Mechanization in the United States
  21. Biotechnology and Farming in the United States
  22. Organic Farming in the United States
  23. Farm Aid
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Hundreds of chicken crowded into a low building.
Chickens at a modern factory farm.
Courtesy of Farm Sanctuary.
Factory Farming
More and more chickens and hogs are being raised on large-scale farms called "factory farms." Those who say that this type of farming is cruel to the animals and very harmful to the environment use the term. On these farms, overcrowding of animals is common and animal waste runoff is blamed for contaminating rivers, streams and groundwater. Click on PICTURES below to see an additional photo of chickens at a modern factory farm.
Special Terms: factory farming

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