Actually dry crop farming in Eastern Montana had a lot of religious significance for the poor bastards who tried to believe in it. Taming the wilderness and so forth. Dreams of scientific soil cultivation and promises of Jeffersonian communities of virtuous and prosperous small farmers. Didn't work out so well. Australia, the poorest continent, probably is very similar.
Have you ever been out there to Glasgow and Whitney and Mildred and the other barely hanging on old towns? Pretty neat country.