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Dirt, Sweat, and Diesel: A Family Farm in the Twenty-first Century
by Steven L. Hilty
University of Missouri Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-8262-7357-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8262-2079-0

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

With very few people engaged in agriculture today, it is no surprise that most Americans have little understanding of the challenges that modern farmers face. This book provides readers a glimpse into life on a modern Missouri farm where a variety of grains, grass seed, corn, and cattle are produced. All of the conversations, events, and descriptions are drawn from the author’s experience working alongside and observing this father and son family farm operation during the course of a year.


Farming today is technologically complex and requires a broad set of skills that range from soil conservation, animal husbandry, and mechanics to knowledge of financial markets and computer technology. The focus on skills, in addition to the size of the financial risks, and the number of unexpected challenges along the way provides readers with a new perspective and appreciation for modern farm life.



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