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Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm by Richard A. Levin

The Milk House supports literature that serves small agriculture, and in doing so introduces Richard A. Levin’s Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm, winner of the Quality of Communication Award sponsored by the American Agricultural Economics Association.

Willard Cochrane and the American Farm

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.

John Kenneth Galbraith writes in his introduction of Cochrane…”no one else in the last thirty or forty years have been so intellectually influential.  And as so often in agricultural matters, this is history that has been sadly neglected.  This book fills the large gap.”

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; illustrated edition edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803280262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803280267

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