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Agricultural crisis in America : a reference handbook
Hoag, Dana L.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1999]

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xvi, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Providing a thorough summary of the challenges facing our agricultural industry, this book investigates problems and considers solutions, examining issues relevant to the viability of America's farms.

* A wealth of tables, graphs, and other statistical information

Author Notes

Dana Hoag is professor of agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Background and a variety of source material; part of the Contemporary World Issues series.

Library Journal Review

A number of books have been written in the 1990s about the various economic and social problems of modern-day farming, among them Victor D. Hanson's Fields Without Dreams (LJ 1/96) and John Hildebrand's Mapping the Farm (LJ 6/1/95). Agricultural Crisis in America, by contrast, looks at agriculture in the broadest possible way. Hoag (agricultural and resource economics, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins) identifies seven crises: farm survivability, modernization, feeding the world, safe food and water, environmental issues, urbanization, and rural-urban conflicts. Whether each of these is truly a crisis depends on one's definition of the word, but these seven broad areas do provide a coherent organization for the book. A discussion of these crises in the first chapter is supported by a later chapter of statistics and case studies for each crisis. Other chapters include biographical sketches of historical and modern figures in agriculture, a chronology of agricultural events from this country's beginnings to the present, a directory of organizations, and annotated lists of print and Internet resources. There is also a useful glossary. Agricultural Crisis in America offers a clear, balanced, up-to-date introduction to complex farm, food, technology, and environmental issues. An excellent starting point for students, researchers, and general readers, this is recommended for public, high school, and college libraries.--William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

American agriculture is marked by an ever-increasing productivity coupled with an ever-shrinking presence. Hoag (agricultural and resource economics, Colorado State Univ.) identifies several agricultural crises in this volume: farm survivability, modernization, feeding a growing world, safe food and drinking water, stewardship and the environment, urbanization and land use, and country and urban conflicts. The fundamental crisis lies in the fading influence of agrarian ideology, marginalized by its own success, receding before a rapidly urbanized society, coupled with technologically efficient, large-scale farming. The crises are presented in some detail, though at times unevenly, despite an excellent concluding essay. For example, a section on sustainable agriculture merits barely more space than the Alar scare. The supplemental materials are also uneven--the biographical chapter, e.g., contains only 14 entries, six specifically environmental, and two others, Caesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, represent a small albeit visible aspect of agriculture. The "Facts and Figures" chapter, whose tables are linked thematically with each the seven crises, is well documented and detailed, as are the references drawn from popular, technical, and government sources, both print- and Internet-based. Well suited for general undergraduate and reference collections, as well as comprehensive agriculture and rural sociology collections. All levels. L. S. Cline; Southwest Missouri State University