Agriculture is a primary activity in that it preceeds and supports all other productive human activity. It is as much social as it is economic and has an urgency and priority over all other human endevours. The main focus of this course is to impress unto the student the fact that agriculture is a human activity carried on in partnership with nature and that the first rule of agriculture is that respect to nature and its manifestations is of utmost importance. Agriculture is the only productive human activity with the possibility of replacing as well as enhancing the resources it utilizes. Agricultural production is the starting point of all other human productive activities. Without a surplus produced in agriculture no other human endevour is possible. Thus agriculture is where crafts, industry, trade and dealings in money begin. Despite its manifest importance the world economic system does not give agriculture its due. Prices of agricultural commodities fluctuate with great amplitudes an farmers are among the poorest producers in the world.