Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm

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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.

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Leopold Letter
"Packed in this small book is a warm and entertaining biography of one of the great living icons of agricultural economics and lifelong champion of the family farm."—Leopold Letter
ISIS
“Levins’s prose is clear and blessedly free of jargon. . . . It is wonderfully evocative when [he] intersperses sections on Cochrane’s ideas for protecting family farms with others on the increasing ability of agribusiness to exploit such farms.”—ISIS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803280267
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Our Sustainable Future Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96

Meet the Author


Richard A. Levins is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the foreword to Cochrane’s book The Curse of American Agricultural Abundance: A Sustainable Solution.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii
Foreword ix
Acknowledgments x
1 Family Farms in Form but Not in Spirit 1
2 The Golden Age 13
3 The Treadmill 26
4 Professor Cochrane Goes to Washington 44
5 An Unreconstructed Liberal 62
6 Heartland 79
Notes 83
Selected Writings of Willard Cochrane, 1939-1997 85
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