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1 BROEHL, JR., WAYNE G. Cargill: From Commodities To Customers.
Dartmouth College Press, Hanover: 2008. 1584656948 / 9781584656944 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The third and final volume of the highly acclaimed history of Cargill. This final volume of Wayne G. Broehl, Jr.'s Cargill trilogy brings the history of this large privately held company up to the present day, offering a unique and informative behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's premier agribusiness corporations. The story picks up in 1977 as Whitney MacMillan begins his stewardship of the company and as Cargill begins to work its way through issues of corporate governance, business restructuring, and generational transitions within the owning families. MacMillan leads the company through great growth, diversification, and globalization. Broehl also discusses the changes at Cargill under two non-family CEOs, Ernest Micek and Warren Staley. Together, they transform the organization from a commodity-oriented entity to a customer-focused one. "I had much to do with agriculture during my twelve years as a U.S. Senator. No company executives—agricultural or otherwise—came through the doors of my Senate office with the consistent competency of those from Cargill. Interestingly, most I met spent their entire career at the Company. Through knowing them and their chairman, Whitney MacMillan, I became an enormous admirer of their company. Referring to Whitney MacMillan's Chairmanship, the author says "the mosaic of his accomplishments are staggering." This fascinating third volume tells of that mosaic, the building of a global company the vision of which went beyond profits to improving the diets and lives of billions."—The Hon. Rudy Boschwitz, former U.S. Senator (R-MN) and former Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights "The book makes the amazing recent transformation of this agrifood leader into much more than a revealing history; it stands as an instructive guide to how a business built on commodity trading becomes the global powerhouse along the entire food processing and distribution chain. Cargill's amazing transformation, described so well by Professor Broehl, emerges as the product of family and outside executives who insisted that the company's culture and strategies must change in response to global shifts."—Morton Sosland, editor-in-chief, Milling and Baking News WAYNE G. BROEHL, JR. (1922-2006) was the Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration Emeritus, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College. He wrote a number of books on business history, management theory, and economic development, including two previous books on the history of Cargill, and the award-winning Mollie Maguires, and John Deere's Company. 
Price: 37.76 USD
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2 BROMFIELD, LOUIS. Pleasant Valley
Ballantine Books, New York: 1971. First Printing. s Softcover. Fair condition. 
A personal testament written out of a lifetime by a man who believes that agriculture is the keystone of our economic structure and that the wealth, welfare, properity, and even the future freedom of this nation are based upon the soil. 
Price: 4.75 USD
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3 BROMFIELD, LOUIS. Pleasant Valley
Pocket Books Inc., New York: 1954. First Printing. s Softcover. Fair condition. Pages are discolored. 
A personal testament written out of a lifetime by a man who believes that agriculture is the keystone of our economic structure and that the wealth, welfare, prosperity, and even the future freedom of this nation are based upon the soil. 
Price: 4.51 USD
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4 CLAMPITT, CYNTHIA. Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped The U.s. Heartland.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A vital crop's impact on human history, industry, and eating Food historian Cynthia Clampitt pens the epic story of what happened when Mesoamerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff of life so prolific, so protean, that it represents nothing less than one of humankind's greatest achievements. Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its future as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies. The result is a bourbon-to-biofuels portrait of the astonishing plant that sustains the world. "A comprehensive, clear-eyed view of the plant that made America what it is today. The author's focus on the Midwest provides both a fresh look and a splendid overview of the importance of this central region, not only in building our nation but also in establishing our place in the world's agriculture and economy."--Betty Fussell, author of The Story of Corn "Cynthia Clampitt tells the lively saga of maize's rise from obscure origins in Mesoamerica to the Midwest's--and America's--most significant crop. It is consumed in seemingly unending ways, from straight off the cob to ingredients in thousands of processed foods. It is the main ingredient in animal feed and it is even converted into the ethanol that powers our cars. Corn is inextricably linked to Midwestern history, and Clampitt tells the incredible tale well. Midwest Maize is carefully researched, insightful and delightful to read."--Andrew F. Smith, author of Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American History "Readers will not want to miss a single detail of this modest grain's story as it rises from a simple foodstuff for Native Americans found here by the early settlers, to one of the most important farm products of today's century. Brava. This superb book, clearly a work of enormous curiosity and passion, is truly a job very well done!"--Linda and Fred Griffith, authors of Onions, Onions, Onions, winner of the James Beard Award "Cynthia Clampitt has given us a richly detailed cultural history of corn, from its origins in Mexico to the mega-crop that is planted on millions of acres of Midwestern land today. She also provides a balanced discussion of corn's role in providing both food and fuel in the years to come. This book is a must-read for anyone following the debates over food, land use, and healthy environments in today's world."--John C. Hudson, author of Making the Corn Belt "This book contributes to scholarship in foodways through its careful 'biography' of a single crop and also by demonstrating how technology, geographic features, settlement history, economics, and politics both shape and are shaped by food culture. . . . It makes an excellent point that corn in the Midwest provides a microcosm for understanding the impact of the choices we make as well as offering possible solutions."--Lucy M. Long, author of Regional American Food Culture Cynthia Clampitt is a food historian and travel writer, and the author of Waltzing Australia. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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5 CLAMPITT, CYNTHIA. Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped The U.s. Heartland.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A vital crop's impact on human history, industry, and eating Food historian Cynthia Clampitt pens the epic story of what happened when Mesoamerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff of life so prolific, so protean, that it represents nothing less than one of humankind's greatest achievements. Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its future as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies. The result is a bourbon-to-biofuels portrait of the astonishing plant that sustains the world. "A comprehensive, clear-eyed view of the plant that made America what it is today. The author's focus on the Midwest provides both a fresh look and a splendid overview of the importance of this central region, not only in building our nation but also in establishing our place in the world's agriculture and economy."--Betty Fussell, author of The Story of Corn "Cynthia Clampitt tells the lively saga of maize's rise from obscure origins in Mesoamerica to the Midwest's--and America's--most significant crop. It is consumed in seemingly unending ways, from straight off the cob to ingredients in thousands of processed foods. It is the main ingredient in animal feed and it is even converted into the ethanol that powers our cars. Corn is inextricably linked to Midwestern history, and Clampitt tells the incredible tale well. Midwest Maize is carefully researched, insightful and delightful to read."--Andrew F. Smith, author of Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American History "Readers will not want to miss a single detail of this modest grain's story as it rises from a simple foodstuff for Native Americans found here by the early settlers, to one of the most important farm products of today's century. Brava. This superb book, clearly a work of enormous curiosity and passion, is truly a job very well done!"--Linda and Fred Griffith, authors of Onions, Onions, Onions, winner of the James Beard Award "Cynthia Clampitt has given us a richly detailed cultural history of corn, from its origins in Mexico to the mega-crop that is planted on millions of acres of Midwestern land today. She also provides a balanced discussion of corn's role in providing both food and fuel in the years to come. This book is a must-read for anyone following the debates over food, land use, and healthy environments in today's world."--John C. Hudson, author of Making the Corn Belt "This book contributes to scholarship in foodways through its careful 'biography' of a single crop and also by demonstrating how technology, geographic features, settlement history, economics, and politics both shape and are shaped by food culture. . . . It makes an excellent point that corn in the Midwest provides a microcosm for understanding the impact of the choices we make as well as offering possible solutions."--Lucy M. Long, author of Regional American Food Culture Cynthia Clampitt is a food historian and travel writer, and the author of Waltzing Australia. 
Price: 90.25 USD
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6 CURTIN, PHILIP D. The Rise And Fall Of The Plantation Complex: Essays In Alantic History.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 0521620767 / 9780521620765 Second Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Over a period of several centuries, Europeans developed an intricate system of plantation agriculture overseas which was quite different from the agricultural system used at home. Though the plantation complex centered on the American tropics, its influence was much wider. Much more than an economic order for the Americas, the plantation complex had an important place in world history. These essays concentrate on the intercontinental impact. The contents of the book is as follows: Preface; Part I. Beginnings: 1. The Mediterranean origins; 2. Sugar planting: from Cyprus to the Atlantic islands; 3. Africa and the slave trade; 4. Capitalism, feudalism, and sugar planting in Brazil; 5. Bureaucrats and freelances in Spanish America; Part II. Seventeenth-Century Transition: 6. The sugar revolution and the settlement of the Caribbean; 7. Anarchy and imperial control; 8. Slave societies on the periphery; Part III. Apogee and Revolution: 9. The slave trade and the West African economy in the eighteenth century; 10. Atlantic commerce in the eighteenth century; 11. The democratic revolution in the Atlantic basin; 12. Revolution in the French Antilles; Part IV. Aftermath: 13. Readjustments in the nineteenth century; 14. The end of slavery in the Americas; Retrospect. "This study of the transfer of slave plantations from the eastern Mediterranean to the tropical New World demonstrates [Curtin's] insight into transregional patterns. The detail in his wide-ranging account is impressive, and it provides the reader with an informative overview." - David A. Chappell, Journal of World History 
Price: 62.70 USD
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7 DE CREVECOEUR, J. HECTOR ST. JOHN. Letters From An American Farmer.
E. P. Dutton and Co., New York: 1957. 0525470085 / 9780525470083 s Softcover. Good condition. The covers are slightly bent. 
Depicts the frontier and farm; the ways of the Nantucket whalers and their intrepid wives; life in the Middle Colonies and the refinements and excesses of Charleston. Includes an Index. 
Price: 13.78 USD
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8 DREGNI, MICHAEL. This Old John Deere: A Treasury Of Vintage Tractors And Family Farm Memories.
Crestline. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A nostalgic look back at vintage farm tractors with color and black and photographs 
Price: 14.24 USD
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9 EMERY, CARLA; DAVIS, CINDY & BERGER, DAVID. The Encyclopedia Of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book.
Sasquatch Books, Seattle: 1994. 0912365951 / 9780912365954 Ninth Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. Stains on bottom edge. 
Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wisdom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between. Includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animal, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook mon a wood stove, and much, much more, Includes an Index. 
Price: 47.03 USD
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10 FRIEDLAND, WILLIAM H.; BARTON, AMY E.; THOMAS, ROBERT J. Manufacturing Green Gold: Capital, Labor And Technology In The Lettuce Industry.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 1981. 0521285844 / 9780521285841 s Softcover. Good condition. The cover is dogeared. 
Examining the ways in which social groups interact in the manufacturing of iceberg lettuce in the United States, the authors integrate the analysis of social systems with a broader body of theory and research concerned with agricultural production. Includes an index. 
Price: 61.04 USD
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11 FUSSELL, BETTY. The Story Of Corn.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1994. 0394578058 / 9780394578057 Fifth Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
In an authoritative, wise and wholly original blend of social history, art, science and anthropology, Betty Fussell tells the story of corn in a narrative that is as uniquely hybrid as her subject. It is a story that can be told in the language of myth or industry, of sacred ritual or secular farming, but in any language it makes clear that all the civilizations of the Western Hemisphere have been built on corn. Includes an Index. "Having picked through every kernal of information about corn with the zeal of a state fair-goer holding a buttery job, Betty Fussell has produced a delicious and meticulous book about the real American staff of life." - Jane and Michael Stern 
Price: 25.37 USD
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12 GLICK, PERRY A. The Influence Of Cultural Practices On Arthropod Populations In Cotton, Arm-s-32/ January 1983.
United States Department Of Agricuture, Washington: 1983.. s Softcover. Good condition. 

Price: 16.63 USD
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13 HAHN, BARBARA. Making Tobacco Bright: Creating An American Commodity, 1617-1937.
The Johns Hopkins Universiy Press, Baltimore and London: 2011. Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In her sweeping history of the American tobacco industry, Barbara Hahn traces the emergence of the tobacco plant's many varietal types, arguing that they are products not of nature but of economic relations and continued and intense market regulation. Hahn focuses her study on the most popular of these varieties, Bright Flue-Cured Tobacco. First grown in the inland Piedmont along the Virginia-North Carolina border, Bright Tobacco now grows all over the world, primarily because of its unique—and easily replicated—cultivation and curing methods. Hahn traces the evolution of technologies in a variety of regulatory and cultural environments to reconstruct how Bright Tobacco became, and remains to this day, a leading commodity in the global tobacco industry. This study asks not what effect tobacco had on the world market, but how that market shaped tobacco into types that served specific purposes and became distinguishable from one another more by technologies of production than genetics. In so doing, it explores the intersection of crossbreeding, tobacco-raising technology, changing popular demand, attempts at regulation, and sheer marketing ingenuity during the heyday of the American tobacco industry. Combining economic theory with the history of technology, Making Tobacco Bright revises several narratives in American history, from colonial staple-crop agriculture to the origins of the tobacco industry to the rise of identity politics in the twentieth century. Barbara Hahn is an assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University. "This interesting, thorough history will appeal to readers and researchers alike. Highly recommended."—Choice 
Price: 57.00 USD
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14 HILLMAN, JIMMYE; HASS, ROBERT (FOREWORD). Hogs, Mules, And Yellow Dogs: Growing Up On A Mississippi Subsistence Farm.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson: 2012. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Memories of living in the Depression-era South. "It's in the nature of things that whole worlds disappear," writes the poet Robert Hass in the Foreword to Jimmye Hillman's insightful memoir. "Their vanishings, more often than not, go unrecorded or pass into myth, just as they slip from the memory of the living." To ensure that the world of Jimmye Hillman's childhood in Greene Country, Mississippi during the Great Depression doesn't slip away, he has gathered together accounts of his family and the other people of Old Washington village. These are humorous stories of hog hunting and heart-wrenching tales of poverty set against a rural backdrop shaded by the local social, religious, and political climate of the time. Jimmye and his family were subsistence farmers out of bare-bones necessity, decades before discussions about sustainability made such practices laudable. More than just childhood memories and a family saga, though, this book serves a a snapshot of the natural, historical, and linguistic details of the time and place. It is a remarkable record of Southern life. Observations loaded with detail cover broader themes of work, family loyalty, and the politics of changing times. Hillman, now eighty-eight, went on to a distinguished career as an economist specializing in agriculture. He realizes the importance of his story as an example of the cultural history of the Deep South but allows readers to discover the significance on their own by witnessing the lives of a colorful cast of characters. Hogs, Mules, and Yellow Dogs is unique, a blend of humor and reflection, wisdom and sympathy - but it's also a hard-nosed look at the realities of living on a dirt farm in a vanished world. 
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15 INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS. The Farmer's Handbook: A Convenient Reference Book For All Persons Interested In General Farming, Fruit Culture, Truck Farming, Market Gardening, Livestock Production, Bee Keeping, Dairying, Etc.
International Textbook Company, Scranton: 1912. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Contains information that will be useful to farmers growing crops. 
Price: 46.08 USD
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16 JACKSON, JACQUELINE DOUGAN. The Round Barn, A Biography Of An American Farm, Volume One: Silo And Barn, Milkhouse, Milk Routes.
Distributed by University of Wisconsin Press, Madison: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Over one hundred years ago, Wesson J. "Grampa" Dougan, initially a Methodist minister, was forced to leave his calling due to increasing deafness. After turning to farming, he finished building an innovative round barn on his dairy near Beloit, Wisconsin in 1911. Dougan christened the new building by posting his philosophy of farming on the silo at the center of the barn: good crops, proper storage, profitable livestock, a stable market, and "life as well as a living." The Round Barn: A Biography of an American Farm tells an authentic, sometimes gritty, often humorous story of how the Dougans worked to achieve these aims. Making use of extensive oral histories, documents, letters, diaries, photographs, and creative nonfiction from the unusual Dougan Dairy, Jacqueline Dougan Jackson faithfully and warmly re-creates the story of her family's farm, which extends over seven decades. Focusing on the farm's milk business—from tending the cows to processing the milk to milk delivery—this volume illustrates the partnership between the Dougan Dairy and the University of Wisconsin's College of Agriculture in all its groundbreaking scientific influence. "This is an intimate, endearing portrait of the Dougans, a remarkable American farm family guided by a set of principles painted on the silo inside their round barn. The book is a mosaic of beautifully written stories grounded in Jacqueline Dougan Jackson's personal memories, family traditions, oral-history interviews, and solid historical research. Jackson's stories—full of warmth, humor, and charm—give readers a fascinating insider's view of life on a pre-industrial dairy farm."—Robert E. Warren, Director of Oral History of Illinois Agriculture Project Jacqueline Dougan Jackson is the author of fourteen books including Stories from the Round Barn and More Stories from the Round Barn. A founding faculty member of Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois-Springfield, she has had her fiction read over Wisconsin Public Radio. She grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm amidst extended family and pet goats. "Perhaps the fullest, most concrete history of the heyday of the American family dairy farm. It is a Tocqueville of the barn and pasture and big house, the milk route, the cornfield, and the making of an honorable living and a beautiful life. The Round Barn is a unique, unprecedented, and incomparable work, a definitive American work, a work of incalculable value to our history, our sense of ourselves as Americans, and perhaps our future. That Jackie Jackson has added this extraordinary book to American literature and history is one of the great accomplishments of contemporary American writing." —Reginald Gibbons, Northwestern University "Jackie Jackson throws open the Round Barn doors at the Dougan family farm to tell us an American story. She gives us a rich history of farm life at the mercy of the forces of science and the market but grounded in rock-solid Wisconsin values. In our world of '140 characters' Jackie adds depth and texture with the remembered word, the treasured memory, and the wonderful characters she met on her life's journey." —U.S. Senator Dick Durbin "The Round Barn—with its example of a family farm run with decency and devotion to meaningful labor, and its layering of details about twentieth-century farming and milk marketing—seems tailor-made for lovers of Wisconsin and Midwest history. . . . Readers will finish this book with a genuine affection for members of the family, who come alive in its pages." —Anne-Marie Cusac, Wisconsin Book Festival "There are many books on the subject but none I've ever read (and I've read a lot of them) as complete and as interesting as The Round Barn: A Biography of an American Farm." —John F. Oncken, editor of the The Agri-Dairy Newsletter 
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17 JACKSON, JACQUELINE DOUGAN. The Round Barn, A Biography Of An American Farm, Volume Three: Ron's Place, Breeders Co-op, Hybrid Corn, Neighbors, Town, And Country.
Distributed by University of Wisconsin Press, Madison: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This third volume of The Round Barn continues the story of the Dougan farm and its denizens, expanded now to include a nearby farm, with its landscaping and remodeling under the direction of the University of Wisconsin. The growing hybrid seed corn business is housed there. Rock County Breeders, the second artificial breeding co-op in the nation, hires Amos as their first inseminator, and Jackie learns the "facts of (cow) life" when she watches him in the barn. She travels Rock County with the vet, witnessing milk fever, garget, and scours. At a barn dance she receives her first kiss. Grampa's second son boards a sailing schooner to Alaska, then returns to enroll in Ag School. Tragedy strikes one of the children attending the one-room schoolhouse that adjoins the farm. Grampa starts 4-H clubs in the county. Ronald, a member, enjoys raising his piglet, but loudly moans the intense labor of his corn plot. Overall, an older Ron recounts in letters to his family and friends "the infinite variety of Turtle Township." Jacqueline Dougan Jackson is the author of fourteen books, including Stories from the Round Barn, More Stories from the Round Barn, and the first two volumes of The Round Barn, A Biography of an American Farm. She is a founding faculty member of Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois-Springfield, and her books have been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio. "This is a book for everybody. It's of interest to historians, not just local ones, but to students of Midwest agriculture. Those who love good yarns and hilarious jokes will have a difficult time putting it down. Those who enjoy family dramas will be fascinated." —Tom McBride, Beloit College "[Jackson's] … accounts of long-ago events, people, and experiences are amusing, poignant, and factual stories of farming and family, of hard times and good times, of growing up and learning, of work and play." —William Behling, Beloit Daily News "The centerpiece of this book, the Dougan round barn, was torn down in 2012 after efforts to preserve it failed. Eventually the expansion of Beloit will convert the farmland into subdivisions and commercial properties. It is therefore fortunate that a skillful author such as Jacqueline Dougan Jackson has written this account of an unusual southern Wisconsin farm. We should hope that biographies of other farms, both unique and typical, achieve such excellence." —Arnold R. Alanen, Journal of Agricultural History 
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18 JACKSON, JACQUELINE DOUGAN. The Round Barn, A Biography Of An American Farm, Volume Two: The Big House, Around The Farm.
Distributed by University of Wisconsin Press, Madison: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Based on extensive primary materials from the Dougan farm, this second volume of Jacqueline Dougan Jackson's The Round Barn: A Biography of an American Farm continues where the dairy tour ended in the first installment. This book broadens the focus to general farming, as Jackson bountifully describes the start and development of hybrid seed corn and artificial breeding on her family's farm. As a biography of the Dougan farm, The Round Barn embodies "Grampa" Dougan's philosophy as painted on the farm silo, "Life as well as a living." Jacqueline Dougan Jackson is the author of fourteen books including Stories from the Round Barn and More Stories from the Round Barn. A founding faculty member of Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois-Springfield, she has had her fiction read over Wisconsin Public Radio. She grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm amidst extended family and pet goats. "Jackie Jackson throws open the Round Barn doors at the Dougan family farm to tell us an American story. She gives us a rich history of farm life at the mercy of the forces of science and the market but grounded in rock-solid Wisconsin values. In our world of '140 characters' Jackie adds depth and texture with the remembered word, the treasured memory, and the wonderful characters she met on her life's journey." —U.S. Senator Dick Durbin "Jackie Jackson's Round Barn is a delight. The legendary creative writing teacher at the University of Illinois-Springfield has woven a rich and revealing tapestry of American farm life in its halcyon days. The Round Barn is so much more than a collection of stories. Think of it as a memoir of a Wisconsin dairy, one that links that farm to the wider world, lovingly crafted to pull the reader into a rich and wonderful world."—Mark R. DePue, Director of Oral History at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library "People familiar with a farm, and especially those who were lucky enough as a child to spend time in a barn, will be charmed by this . . . way of life that seems, while sadly past, a promising vision for the future."—The Commercial Appeal "Perhaps the fullest, most concrete history of the heyday of the American family dairy farm. It is a Tocqueville of the barn and pasture and big house, the milk route, the cornfield, and the making of an honorable living and a beautiful life. The Round Barn is a unique, unprecedented, and incomparable work, a definitive American work, a work of incalculable value to our history, our sense of ourselves as Americans, and perhaps our future. That Jackie Jackson has added this extraordinary book to American literature and history is one of the great accomplishments of contemporary American writing." —Reginald Gibbons, Northwestern University "Reading The Round Barn: A Biography of an American Farm is like sitting on the porch of an early twentieth-century dairy farm and watching an era in American history pass right before your eyes. In a book that is part history, part elegy, and part memoir, Jacqueline Dougan Jackson—Jackie—tells the story of her family's dairy farm with the unusual round barn that was famous in the Beloit, Wisconsin, countryside." —Joe Kolina, TriQuarterly 
Price: 23.70 USD
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19 JAGER, ROBERT. The Fate Of Family Farming: Variations On An American Idea.
University Press of New England: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Fate of Family Farming employs a hands-on approach, with much local New England detail, in its exploration of the history and future of American family farming as an idea and as an ongoing way of life. Early chapters situate family farming within American history, beginning with Jamestown and Plymouth, continuing with Jefferson and Emerson and others, and including the technological transformations during the twentieth century. An extended chapter deals with the idea of "agrarianism," and considers in detail the work of Louis Bromfield, Victor Hanson, and Wendell Berry. The middle section of the book opens a window on present-day farming with detailed portraits of four farms devoted, respectively, to the production of maple syrup, eggs and corn, milk, and apples. The author takes the reader to the barns and fields of these farms, introduces the farm families, helps the reader taste the syrup and corn and smell the silage and—ultimately enables others to see the economic and ecological challenges that farmers today face, and to consider their strategies for survival. In the last portion of the book the author provides a very accessible examination of the role of farm technology and global economics, including the many ironies of farming "success," followed by a chapter that balances the threat and promise of biotechnology, and a concluding analysis of the current struggle for "the soul of agriculture." 
Price: 18.24 USD
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20 KARDASHIAN, KIRK. Milk Money: Cas, Cows, And The Death Of The American Dairy Farm.
University Press of New England, Hanover: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
"Milk Money represents a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of muckraking forays into the food system." - Orion 
Price: 26.55 USD
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