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Agriculture
  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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Two farmers and their cattle in an organic field.
These organic cattle roam free in open pastures and graze on grass.
Photo Courtesy of American Grass Fed Beef.
Organic Farming in the United States
Organic farming is farming without the use of synthetic chemicals, many of which can be found in the pesticides and fertilizers used in conventional farming. Most Americans think organically grown food is safer and healthier. In the 1970s, organic farming began to develop as an industry. Initially, organically grown products could be found only in small health food stores. Because demand has risen over the years, today most organically grown products are sold in supermarkets. State or private inspectors now certify organic crops thus ensuring that "organic" food is grown according to the principles of organic farming. Some of the principles used in organic farming are biodiversity, natural (no synthetic chemicals) plant nutrition, and natural pest management. Click on CHARTS below for additional information about organic farming.
Special Terms: biodiversity

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