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This blessed earth : a year in the life of an American family farm

Author: Ted Genoways
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm--and their entire way of life--are under siege. Beyond the threat posed by rising  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Genoways
ISBN: 9780393292572 0393292576
OCLC Number: 989123914
Description: 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: Readying the bin --
Part one: Bringing in the beans --
Interlude: Working cows --
Part two: The homeplace --
Interlude: Branding calves --
Part three: Seeds of change --
Interlude: The poker run --
Part four: Irrigation nation --
Interlude: The tri-state --
Epilogue: Welcome news.
Responsibility: Ted Genoways.

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"The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm--and their entire way of life--are under siege. Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, the fickle demands of the marketplace, and shifting trade policies. Add GMOs, pesticides, and fossil fuel pollution to their list of troubles and the question is: can the family farm survive in America?"--Jacket flap.

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