- What is the working environment for this farmer?
- What skills does this farmer need in order to be successful at his job?
#1 Occupation: Farmer
In 1900, Iowa was all about farming. From about the 1850s to 1880s, people had recently moved to the state and either bought land at a very good price ($1.25 an acre) or signed up for 160 acres for free through the Homestead Act. By 1900, Iowa land sold for about $20 per acre. Andrew Orm Larson took this photograph of a hard-working Iowa farmer out plowing in preparation for planting the next crop.