African-Americans make notable contributions to agriculture | Farm News

Regular readers of this column know that I traditionally feature African-American contributions to the world of agriculture, and today is no different.

While February is known as Black History Month, every month should be so designated because you cannot separate black history from American history. But I digress.

My favorite early agriculturalist is George Washington Carver, an agricultural scientist, inventor and educator who sought to revitalize southern soil that was stripped by cotton, a nitrogen-depleting crop. He developed a crop-rotation method that alternated the cotton with legumes like peanuts that fix nitrogen and other edible crops such as corn. The method increased the soil’s…

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