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This Blessed Earth

A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm

by Ted Genoways

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This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways
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    Sep 2017, 240 pages

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Ted Genoways follows one Nebraska family for a year as he illuminates the blessings and challenges of the farming life.

For the Hammonds, a farming family in Nebraska, 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. At the same time, there were concerns about the potential Keystone XL Pipeline (see 'Beyond the Book'), which could cut right through their land and jeopardize the freshwater reserves of the Ogallala Aquifer.

Ted Genoways, a Nebraskan with family roots in farming, is a poet and journalist whose previous works include The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food (2014). For this new book he followed Rick Hammond's family and farm workers over one critical year, October 2014 to October 2015. He vividly conveys the rhythms of farming and reflects on the historical shifts that have ...

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