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A Profile of the Farm Machinery Industry by Dawn M. Drake

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CHAPTER 2

How the Farm Machinery Industry Operates

2.1 History of the Farm Machinery Industry

Given the diversity of products produced within the farm machinery industry and the importance of agriculture to human life, it is not surprising that the history of the industry stretches over thousands of years. One could trace the history back to the First Agricultural Revolution (also referred to as the Neolithic Revolution) almost 10,000 years ago when tools were developed to support the first attempts at sedentary agriculture. For the interests of brevity and also following the North American Industrial Classification System guidelines to include the era of “commercial agriculture,” this book looks at the industry as it was after the Second Agricultural ...

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