D.C. museum highlights importance of agriculture
Farming is a way of life for many in America's Heartland, it also supports life for many others around the world.
The Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American History is working to celebrate agriculture's importance to the nation.
The museum has two full-size tractors on display in an exhibit that intertwines the history of finance, manufacturing, and technology.
Curator Peter Liebhold said, "Agriculture is all of those things locked up together. We’re claiming a bigger role for agriculture than many other museums do.”
The exhibit also aims to show people farming isn’t easy. So, people can jump behind an interactive tractor, and see if they have what it takes to be a farmer.
“It’s really tough to be a farmer”, Liebhold said, “I think that people don’t give it the respect and interest and understand the complexities and there is so much going on that is overlooked.”
The museum sees more than four million visitors a year, and Liebhold hopes the exhibit helps them see how ingrained farming is to the nation's past, present, and future.