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Willard Cochrane and the American family farm
Levins, Richard A.
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Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
88 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1230 Lexile.
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Central Library HD1771.5.C63 L48 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Willard Cochrane watched the dramatic decline in American family farming from a vantage point few can claim. He became one of the country's premier agricultural economists and carried the standard of liberalism for President Kennedy in the last serious fight to save the family farm. Then, for forty long years, he held to the principles while traditional agriculture faded into what he once called "family farms in form but not in spirit."

This book is about the spirit of family farming: Thomas Jefferson's dream of an agrarian democracy. What should we do in the face of globalization, high technology, and corporate control of our food supply? Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm recounts how one man faced these issues and where he would wish us to go in the twenty-first century.

Author Notes

Richard A. Levins is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
1 Family Farms in Form but Not in Spiritp. 1
2 The Golden Agep. 13
3 The Treadmillp. 26
4 Professor Cochrane Goes to Washingtonp. 44
5 An Unreconstructed Liberalp. 62
6 Heartlandp. 79
Notesp. 83
Selected Writings of Willard Cochrane, 1939-1997p. 85

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