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 f...
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- 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. Genoways, whose family roots are in farming, followed Rick Hammond’s family and workers over one critical year, October 2014 to October 2015. He vividly co...
- 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 when I have been driving all over the state I have seen cotton, soybeans, wheat , corn, melons, peaches growing. We also have cow farms and raise cattle. Wh...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Interesting and fascinating.
- 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 of the Mid 1800’s are no different. Really enjoyed the read,