Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This book is a history of American agriculture by an academic agriculturalist who is interested in farm programs, policies, organizations, institutions, and bureaucracies, but cares little about real farms. Although he occasionally itemizes the products of farms, he largely ignores cropping systems, livestock feeding operations, and the ways farmers integrate them to produce these products.