This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways

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Read This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm Online Free - The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a small ranch, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in York County, 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. Rising corporate ownership of land and livestock is forcing small farmers to get bigger and bigger, assuming more debt and more risk. At the same time, after nearly a decade of record-high corn and soybean prices, the bottom has dropped out of the markets, making it ever harder for small farmers to shoulder their loans. All the while, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Far from an isolated refuge beyond the reach of global events, the family farm is increasingly at the crossroads of emerging technologies and international detente.

Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores this rapidly changing landscape of small, traditional farming operations, mapping as it unfolds day to day. This Blessed Earth is both a concise exploration of the history of the American small farm and a vivid, nuanced portrait of one family’s fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.

Title : This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm
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ISBN : 0393292576
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

October 04, 2017

For the Hammonds, a Nebraska farming family, the 2014 harvest season started with a perfect storm of perilous circumstances: a spell of good weather led to nationwide crop overproduction and surpluses, which caused a drop in projected prices; then heavy late-summer rains delayed the harvest. Geno...

Roxanne rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

This is a Goodreads win review. I may not have enjoyed this book so much when I lived in Palm Springs, CA for 38 years. In the part I lived in we only grew tourists. Down they grow figs, dates, grapefruit and other crops. The reason I really liked this book is because I now live in Kansas and whe...

Anna Marie rated it ★★★★☆

August 18, 2017

I have even more respect for the men and women who farm after reading this book. A possible water crisis addressed in the book is troubling, though.

David rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2017

Sensitively and well written account of a family of farmers in Nebraska. At the mercy of the weather, futures traders, global trade, agribusiness, this family scrapes by. Genoways, a native of Nebraska himself, provides a lot of good information about the history of farming and the risks ahead. A...

Deb rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2017

If you have any interest in finding out what a farmer's life is really like you will get a lot out of this book.

Jenneffer rated it ★★★★☆

October 11, 2017

This great book reads as smoothly as literary fiction, yet chronicles a really important subject in non-judgey tone. Ted Genoways has rural farm experience himself, but he doesn't draw solely on that to write this book. I learned some major reasons we grow corn and soybeans commercially today is...

Wrdwrrior rated it ★★★☆☆

October 18, 2017

Anyone who thinks farmers/ranchers aren't smart should read this book. I'm tired just reading about the decisions they make daily!

Valerie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 15, 2017

This was a good book. It had lots of interesting things that I learned about living and making a farm work. The family was also a good part of the story.

Esther rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2017

Interesting and fascinating.

Brenda rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

Heard the author on Terri Gross interview; having recently read most of Willa Cather this winter I was intrigued to learn how life in Nebraska is today. The book is fascinating , well researched and developed. Unfortunately the folks of today are mechanized to an amazing degree but the stressors...

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