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AP Human Geography Agriculture


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System of food production involving everything from the development of the seeds to the marketing and sale of food products at the market.
Cash Crops
Planting large amounts of profitable crops for mass production and sell.
Commercial Agriculture
Agriculture undertaken primarily to generate products for sale off the farm.
Foods that\have their genes altered in a laboratory for specific purposes, such as disease resistant, increased productivity, or nutrients value
Intensive Subsistence Farming
A form of subsistence agriculture in which farmers must expend a relatively large amount of effort to produce the maximum feasible yield from a parcel of land.
Dependence on a single agricultural commodity.
In agriculture, the replacement of human labor with technology or machines.
Primary Economy
Any economic activity pertaining to the collecting, harvesting, and obtaining of raw materials.
Plantation Agriculture
Raising a large amount of a 'cash crop' for local sale or export.
Movement of animal herd to cooler highland areas in the summer to warmer lowland areas in the winter.
Von Thunen Model
Theory that a commercial farmer wull decide which crops to grow and which livestock to raise depending on the proximity to market.
Green Revolution
An outgrowth of the 3rd agricultural revolution, this effort began in the 1940s and developed new strains of hybrid seeds and fertilizers that dramatically increased the crop output possible from each farm.
Examples of Primary Economic Activities
Raising livestock
Quarrying Crude oil extraction
Lumbering Wheat growing
Examples of Secondary Economic Activities
Milk, Cheese Diamonds
Furniture Bread, Beer
Examples of Tertiary Economic Activities
Dry Areas
Same climate as livestock ranching(commercial farms in MDCs)
Marginalized land
Mixed livestock and grain
Raise domesticated animals and growing feed
Commercial Grain Farming
Wheat belt
Bread-basket US
Corn belt
Mediterranean Agriculture
An agricultural system practiced in the Mediterranean-style climates of Western Europe, California, and portions of Chile and Australia, in which diverse specialty crops such as grapes, avocados,
relating to land; relating to the management or farming of land
Agricultural Industrialization
The use of machinery in agriculture, like tractors etc. - makes it easier for farmers to have higher crop yields.
Agricultural Landscape
The land that we farm on and what we choose to put were on our fields.
Agricultural Location Model
An attempt to explain the pattern of agricultural land use in terms of accessibility, costs, distance, and prices.
Cultivation Regions
Regions were there is agricultural activity. Know these specifically! (ie. Southwestern US is cattle ranching, Mediterranean is crop trees).
Dairy Farms
specialized in dairy products, N. America, Europe, NOT Africa, South America, Asia
Degradation of land, especially in semiarid areas, primarily because of human actions like excessive crop planting, animal grazing, and tree cutting.
Extensive Commercial Agriculture
A crop or livestock system in which land quality or extent is more important than capital or labor inputs in determining output
a plot of land on which livestock are fattened for market
Food Desert
An area in a developed country where healthy food is difficult to obtain
Food Manufacturing
The processes that are used to convert raw materials into finished food products
Hunting and Gathering
the killing of wild animals and fish as well as the gathering of fruits, roots, nuts, and other plants for sustenance
Intensive Commercial Agriculture
Intensive farming in a commercial economy, crops have high yields and market value
Livestock Ranching
an extensive commercial agricultural activity that involves the raising of livestock over vast geographic spaces typically located in semi-arid climates like the American West
Long-Lot Survey System
A distinct regional approach to land surveying whereby land is divided into narrow parcels stretching back from rivers, roads, or canals
Luxury Crops
Non-subsistence crops such as tea, cacao, coffee, and tobacco
Metes and Bounds System
a system of land surveying east of the Appalachian Mountains. The system relies on descriptions of land ownership and natural features such as streams or trees.
A type of agricultural activity based on nomadic animal husbandry or the raising of livestock to provide food, clothing, and shelter.
Organic Agriculture
Approach to farming and ranching that avoids the use of herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones, and other similar synthetic inputs.
Chemicals used on plants that do not harm the plants, but kill pests and have negative repercussions on other species who ingest the chemicals.
Plant Domestication
genetic modification of a plant such that its reproductive success depends on human intervention
right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son
Quaternary Economic Activities
service sector industries concerned with the collection, processing, and manipulation of information and capital. Examples include finance, administration, insurance, and legal services.
Quinary Economic Activities
service sector industries that require a high level of specialized knowledge or technical skill. Examples include scientific research and high-level management.
Rectangular Survey System
A system used to divide public domain lands in the United States in which land is divided into 6-mile square townships and subdivided into sections, portions of sections, or irregular lots.
Carl Sauer
Defined the concept of cultural landscape as the fundamental unit of geographical analysis.
2nd Agriculture Revolution
Innovations led to agricultural surpluses, food surpluses, let people move from farms to factories, growth of cities increased.
Secondary Economic Activity
economic activity involving the processing of raw materials and their transformation into finished industrial products; the manufacturing sector
Seed Crops
crop that is reproduced by cultivating the seeds of the plants.
crop that is reproduced by cultivating the seeds of the plants.
The concentration of the productive efforts of individuals and firms on a limited number of activities
Slash and Burn Agriculture
a farming technique in which trees are cut down and burned to clear and fertilize the land
Tertiary Economic Activity
economic activity associated with the provision of services--such transportation, banking, retailing, education, and routine office-based jobs.
Township and Range System
A rectangular land division scheme designed by Thomas Jefferson to disperse settlers evenly across farmlands of the U.S. interior.
Third Agriculture Revolution
'green revolution' rapid diffusion of new ag techniques between 1970's and 1980's, especially new high-yield seeds and fertilizers
Soil Erosion
the wearing away and removal of rock and soil particles from exposed surfaces by agents such as moving water, wind, or ice