Your friend the soil: keep it - or lose it

United States, 1954

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Partly animated and partly live action, this film shows how the nation’s food production depends on good farming practices such as contour ploughing and strip cropping, resulting in abundant crops, healthy farm animals and therefore, well-stocked shops. Discusses soil erosion and bad farming techniques. Suitable for primary level.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Films



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United States
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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Crop yields

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Crops and soils

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Efficiency in farming

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farm management

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farmers

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Farming

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Soil erosion

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Conservation of natural resources

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Environmental education

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Soil conservation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Soil erosion

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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