Today I spend some time reading R Douglas Hurt’s Problems of Plenty. This book is a history of American agriculture in the 21st century. I want to explore agricultural history so that I can place Curry’s time at the College of Agriculture in context. The main theme that Hurt emphasizes in his narrative is the increasing role the federal government played in agricultural policy. The first two decades of the twentieth century were marked by rising incomes for farmers. Farmers incomes increased rapidly during World War I, and then they declined leaving farmers in a depression far before the rest of the country.