Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer

Farm A Year in the Life of an American Farmer Richly textured and deeply moving Farm chronicles a year in the life of Tom and Sally Bauer of Crevecoeur County Missouri who cultivate nearly two square miles of the surface of the earth They stru

  • Title: Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer
  • Author: Richard Rhodes Bill Greer
  • ISBN: 9780803289659
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • Richly textured and deeply moving, Farm chronicles a year in the life of Tom and Sally Bauer of Crevecoeur County, Missouri, who cultivate nearly two square miles of the surface of the earth They struggle to build up their farm, harvesting corn, birthing calves, planting wheat, coping with the vagaries of nature and government regulations Required of them are ancient skiRichly textured and deeply moving, Farm chronicles a year in the life of Tom and Sally Bauer of Crevecoeur County, Missouri, who cultivate nearly two square miles of the surface of the earth They struggle to build up their farm, harvesting corn, birthing calves, planting wheat, coping with the vagaries of nature and government regulations Required of them are ancient skills an attunement to the weather, animals, crops, and land as well as a mastery of modern technology, from high tech machinery to genetics and sophisticated chemicals.

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    • Richard Rhodes Bill Greer

      Richard Lee Rhodes is an American journalist, historian, and author of both fiction and non fiction which he prefers to call verity , including the Pulitzer Prize winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb 1986 , and most recently, Arsenals of Folly The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race 2007 He has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation among others He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University He also frequently gives lectures and talks on a broad range of subjects to various audiences, including testifying before the U.S Senate on nuclear energy.



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    • Richard Rhodes' book, Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer reveals the human side of farming. Rhodes lived for a year with the pseudonymous Bauer family (note that Bauer is German for farmer.) Tom Bauer is a 47-year-old Missouri farmer who raises hogs, cattle, grain and a family in western Missouri. The family's tribulations, the son with sight problems, the other son whose schoolwork is not up to par, are an integral part of the chronicle. Rhodes records the daily life with wit and de [...]


    • I found this book in the used book sale of our new Millcreek (Salt Lake County) Library. It grabbed me because it was about the mid west where I grew up, and about Missouri where I am connecting with my ancestors that are from rural Missouri. Turns out the farm couple the book was about could be related to me by a second marriage of a distant cousin. But it describes "A Year in the Life of an American Farmer" (subtitle)in the 1980's. I was thick into 4-H in the late 1970's, and these were the pe [...]


    • I really identified with this book. It reminded me a lot about my grandparents' farm in IN. The story itself is set in 1986, which is like a century ago in terms of farming technology and economics. I'd be curious how this Missouri family has weathered the past twenty years. My copy is the original hard back---I should probably nab a copy of the U of NE reprint and see if it has an afterword or update.


    • Living in rural Ohio, this books was like talking to my neighbor, Richard Scholl. "He was just plain old Tom. he didn't have no fancy words. he didn't have no fancy clothese. He just wanted to take care of his family and do his best. But he had the land he armed in his headhe'd walk the whole thinghe'd seen the things that need fixing, improving


    • "From planting to harvesting, Richard Rhodes follows the daily lives and fortunes of Tom Bauer and his family as the struggle to wrest a livelihood from the land, harvesting corn, birthing calves, coping with the vagaries of nature and government regulations, and mastering twentieth-century technology. To Americans born in the city, farming may seem as mysterious as nuclear physics, yet it is still central to our definition of our nation. Rhodes reveals its immense, fascinating reality: crashing [...]


    • I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure I would recommend it as fun leisure reading for most people. It's a very detailed, journalistic account of the daily goings-on of a Missouri corn/soybean/hog farmer in the 1980s. The author accomplishes what he set out to do. I have a much better idea of the day-to-day tasks of farming now: the guy spends a lot of time fixing machinery, which says a lot about the nature of our agricultural system. The author is appropriately sympathetic to his subject, but t [...]


    • Farm, a year in the life of an American farmer by Richard RhodesThis book starts out with a family that farms. What I found interesting was how the government subsidizes what is harvested. Started in around 1930's and talks of other enhancements to the program through the years.Always knew the famers would pitch in and help others in time of need-as they do here in our town.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


    • Very detailed description of life of an American farmer particularly interesting after having read Michael Pollen's The Omnivor's Dilemma. This is a description of that farmer who lives the life of producing corn, soybeans, and hogs to meet a specifically American market controlled by government programs. It wouldn't be an easy life.


    • I kept waiting for something to HAPPEN. I was also put off by the couple's irresponsibility in not spaying and neutering their dogs. Then, when the female had puppies, the man killed them. That's what I'll remember about the book. And, of course, castrating animals without using pain killers.


    • Cool descriptions--laying drainage tile in the field with the help of a computer, going hunting. Accessible and educational for people who live in the suburbs.



    • I learned that I knew almost nothing about how farming is done. A must-read for anyone not raised on a farm who likes talking about farming.


    • I never realized farmers still, despite modern machinery, worked this hard. They work from dawn to dusk, sometimes 7 days a week. Makes me appreciate my life even more!


    • A must read if you're interested in the demise of the family farm. I will never think of the Reagan presidency the same way again.



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