A snowy farm (Photo by Tom Hart)

Farming and agriculture are an important part of our lives. If it weren’t for the hardworking farmers out there, we would not have milk or butter on our tables each morning. Per Amazon.com, the following books are some of the best farming books that clearly explain the industry in basic terms:

1. A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929 by Paul Keith Conkin (2009 – University Press of Kentucky)
This book delves into how agriculture processes have changed over the last several decades. In 240 pages, the text explains how population growth and technology have transformed the ways in which crops are harvested. In general, farmers don’t have as much physical labor as they once did. However, operating certain machinery can be a new challenge.

2. Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century (National Research Council) by Committee on Twenty-First Century Systems Agriculture and National Research Council (2010 – National Academies Press)
In the 598 pages of this text, you will learn about the advancements that have been made in technological and innovate methods regarding agricultural processes. The book points out that although these innovations have greatly benefited agriculture, there are fewer natural resources than there were years ago, which has made it a challenge for farmers to produce the same amount of food items for distribution.

3. What Happens at a Dairy Farm? (Where People Work) by Kathleen Pohl (2006 – Weekly Reader Early Learning)
This short 24-page children’s book explains what actually occurs every day on a dairy farm. Learn about how cows are milked and crops are harvested in a simplistic format for young readers or those looking for a quick read if you’re completely unfamiliar with dairy farms.

4. You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin (1998 – Polyface Publishing)
If you have ever dreamed of living on a farm and making a living out of it in a rural area, your dreams might not be so far off. This 480page book explores the emerging opportunities in the farming industry as farmers continue to age. From discussions on what kinds of equipment are needed to where exactly the best places are to start a farm, you will be completely up-to-speed on agriculture when you read this informative resource.

5. Farming by Gail Gibbons (1990 – Holiday House Publishing)
This book, which is 32 pages long, is a short and simple introduction to farming. It contains lots of illustrations of actual farms and what farmers do on a daily basis. If you’ve though about getting into the farming business or simply want to learn some of the basics of agriculture, this book is an excellent starting point.

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