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The New American Farmer

"After decades of working with farmers and ranchers across the country, University of Missouri economist John Ikerd wanted a way to convince others that what he was seeing - thriving family-run operations making a profit, working in harmony with the environment and helping to improve their communities - was no fluke. To him, the 'new American farm' was a place where producers considered the ramifications of their practices on their financial, environmental and community goals, truly making farming and ranching a feasible, even noble way of living. Ikerd wanted to share their stories and dreamed of a project where he could plunk a stack of farm profiles in front of every skeptic he encountered and tell them that those farmers were finding ways to make sustainable agriculture work and, more... Show More


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