Technological inventions during the twentieth century have changed the way we work. Once, 30 acres was the most farm families could manage and that was with everyone pitching in. Today, farmers can work thousands of acres and produce more per acre than their grandfathers did. Metter farmer Bill Lanier tells about his experiences in the past saying he did not know he was poor because everyone was poor. According to Lanier, in the 1940s, a wife, mule, bed, and a stove were sufficient for earning a living on the land. Times have changed and the Department of Defense has played a role in improving farming. Dr. Craig Kvien, an agricultural scientist at the University of Georgia, explains how global positioning system technology (GPS) used in the Gulf War helps farmers.