Yesterday was National Farmer's Day.
A day set aside to honor, respect, and thank our farmers for the work they do that keeps us fed and supplies our country with much-needed materials.
I grew up on a farm, raised by parents who grew up on farms. In fact, we've had farmers in our family as farm back in our family tree as anyone has traced.
I know first-hand how hard, how back-breaking the work can sometimes be. Farmers rarely receive appreciation or recognition for their efforts.
Even though National Farmer's Day was yesterday, I'm still honoring it today and saying a huge "THANK YOU" to all the farmers out there.
I was thinking about how farming has changed over the years. It's a conversation I often have with my dad who is in his 90s.
There are eight inventions that made a huge impact on farming.
1. Thresher: Before the invention of the thresher, the method for removing kernels from straw involved spreading grain out on a threshing floor and beating it by hand, or sometimes animals trampled it. The straw was raked away and the kernels tossed into the air in hopes the wind would blow away the chaff. The first threshing machine was invented in 1786 in Scotland by Andrew Meikle. Then, in 1830 American brothers invented a thresher as well as adapting a horse tread power to run it. Hiram created a fanning mill and added to the threshing drum to separate and clean the grain at the same time.
3. Steam Engine: American farmers relied primarily on strong backs and arms to do the work through the 18th century. New farm machines required more power, so oxen, horses, and mules were pressed into service. Stationary steam engines were used to run cotton gins and mills. The improvements to threshing machines led to the development of portable steam power, making its first appearance in 1849. Originally, horses were used to haul steam engines from job to job. During the 1870s, several inventors developed drive systems and self-propelled steam traction engines became a common power for many threshing rigs and plows, particularly in wheat-producing areas.
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