Agriculture key to American prosperity
As the heat index rises along the Potomac, it’s easy to understand why ice cream was a favored treat at Mount Vernon, the home of America’s first president. In addition to his presidency and military service, the life and legacy of George Washington is rooted in farming. An innovative steward of the land, Washington understood the importance of agriculture to America’s prosperity.
The founding father of our country invented a 16-sided treading barn and tested crop rotation, fertilizers and livestock breeding to improve productivity.
American agriculture has changed dramatically since the late 18th century, from modern conservation practices to 21st century tools, technologies and techniques.
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