Farming Challenge

Can you be a successful farmer in the Global Era? Farmers gather information from many different sources and make decisions quickly. Some relate to planting and growing crops. Others involve labor, technology, resources, regulations, and marketing. You will have to plow through many challenges to harvest a profit!

Icon for Farming Challenge simulation with images of a field, combine, and farmer

Although fewer than 2 percent of Americans are farmers, many young people dream of careers in agriculture. Farm education and youth organizations are critical to training new generations of high-tech farmers, who will feed people at home and around the world.

Structo toy tractor, 1920s

Model of a 1901 Huber steam traction engine, 1950s

Farmall 806 tractor model, 1960s

Farmall 806 tractor model, 1960s

John Deere 8630 tractor model, late 1970s

John Deere 8630 tractor model, late 1970s

Future Farmers of America (FFA) membership jacket

Future Farmers of America (FFA) membership jacket

You can learn more about curators' campaign to collect FFA membership jackets in the O Say Can You See blog post, "The search is over! Smithsonian announces the five FFA jacket donors."