Agriculture and the 1920's Boom

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Agriculture and the 1920's Boom

In the 1920's, farmers and people alike were struggling to keep up

with the highly efficient Canadian wheat producers. Many European

countries suffered great bankruptcy from World War one and could no

long afford to ship things like grain to they're countries. To add to

this, the American population had been gradually falling so there were

fewer mouths to feed.

New machinery and technology were being made ad farmers tried to take

advantage of this. This backfired. Farmers started to produce a lot of

food like wheat and grain that very few people wanted. Just as the

farming efficiency raised to the Canadians level, there was no one to

buy or nowhere to ship all this produce. This all led to farming

families rapidly losing money and supplying goods at rock bottom

prices and which yet became a struggle to sell. The boom was leading

people away from basic farming food and to other chains available to


Another important reason was the lack of demand from the European

market. During the war, tons of grain had been shipped by America to

Europe, which made Europe, America's biggest customer of grain. But,

because of the devastation in the war, many European countries had

been vastly bankrupt and very few countries could afford to buy

farming goods anymore. To add to this, the republicans made it worse

by the high tarrifs put up to protect America industries. This led to

make Europe poorer so still it could not afford the American prices.

The effects were felt were all through America. Almost half of the

Americans were becoming very desperate. They saw the boom was

affecting them for the worse...

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... machinery in big supermarkets and shops lead to less demand of farm

good. Demand was less than supply.

Overall, many reasons led to the problems of the farming industry. Not

one reason is the most important as they all helped wit the cause, but

arguably the loss in European market was pretty high. Without the

demand from these European countries, the farmers lost a huge amount

of sales. The new machinery they had just added to this, as over

production meant there goods were produces more than anyone wanted. It

lead to bankruptcy as they could not afford to run these machinery and

profit fell. Together, they both resulted in arguably the worse

outcome for the farmers. There are little other things that became a

cause; prohibition meant that grain was less in demand because it was

used in the making of alcohol.
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