Lead: It seemed to be a miracle. Farmers worldwide looked ahead to the prospect of lush fields of produce free of pests. All they had to do was use DDT.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the years following the Civil War, the United States Government, through the newly created Department of Agriculture, began to aggressively promote industrialized agriculture. It was an amazing success. Techniques developed at land grant colleges and applied by county extension agents brought a new level of technology to the ancient practice of growing food. Increased efficiency and mechanization made the American farmer the envy of the world. Per capita output soared and farm population began to shrink thus providing workers for growing urban industrial enterprises.