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Just for Students

1. Could the original homestead system with a farmer on every quarter
section have been kept? Was the West pushed into development too
rapidly? List and then explain three factors that made farm development
take a sharp turn upward between 1910 and 1940. Use illustrations and
graphs, if you wish.

2. How much should farmers diversify and at what expense? Ought we to
stick to crops we know, such as wheat or canola, or turn our farms into giant
greenhouse cucumber patches? Is government assistance for new farm
undertakings a good idea? (write a one-page essay on this topic)

3. Machines of the Future: write a fantasy essay describing farm
machinery and practices in the year 2050.