This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm (Compact Disc)
This Blessed Earth was chosen as the 2019 'One Book One Nebraska' selection by the Nebraska Library Commission and joins a distinguished list of books to receive that designation. Yet this book will not get the usual Nebraska's governor's proclamation because Pete. Ricketts disagrees with the authors politics. The Plains Trading Company believes the book has great merit and wants you to read this enlightening account of a five generation Nebraska family farm for yourself.— Duane Gudgel
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. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores the rapidly changing world of small, traditional farming operations. He creates a vivid and nuanced portrait of a radically new landscape and one family's fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.