Peach Picking Crew, Capitol Fruit Farm: August 27, 1924

From the very beginning, Delaware's prime location has been a critical factor in the growth of its agricultural industry. Today, agriculture is one of the most successful sectors of the U.S. economy in terms of productivity growth, and a driving force behind Delaware's economy. Farming is still a family business in Delaware: About 90 percent of farms are either sole or family proprietorships or family-owned corporations. Just under 40 percent of the state's land is devoted to agricultural production, making it the predominant land use. Here are some highlights of our farming past.

Photo Gallery: The Board of Agriculture's Glass Negative Collection, 1922-1938