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Agriculture is essential to human life. It provided society the ability to develop and cultivate the processes to produce enough food and feed the world. 

The history of farming first emerged in 9000BC in the Mediterranean; Israel, Lebanon and Syria, in an area referred to as the Fertile Crescent. Why was it referred to as this? Because the soil was fertile, with regular rainfall making it an excellent area to grow grains and raising livestock. 

Within the U.K, it wasn’t until an estimated 4000 years ago that farming developed in areas such as the lake and peak districts. 

The invention of farming created a revolution with stone-making technology, allowing people to start polishing stones to have a sharp, flat edge, rather than chipping away at them as they had done previously, allowing for the creation of tools such as scythes and hoes.

Fast forward to the invention of the plough, work done by hand that was often time consuming became less so. At this time, cattle and other animals were being utilised to help fertilise the land! Horses played a key role in the history of farming and wider society once they became domestic animals in 3500-4000 BC.

Later on, in the history of agriculture the rotation of crops was introduced, allowing for nutrients to be replaced in the soil!

Farming techniques spread with farmers travelling to other parts of the country, taking several millennia for the tips and tricks of the trade to pass throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. 

The change from hunter-gatherer to farmer saw a change in how people used the land, meaning people began to alter what was already there to produce the best crops. 

The invention of mechanisation revolutionised agricultural farming such as the tractor. In modern day a large majority of time-consuming activities can be done mechanically via a bale lifter or tractor. 

Find out more about how King Agricultural Contractors can help you with your agricultural needs by contacting us.