Dear County Agent Guy: Calf Pulling, Husband Training, and Other Curious Dispatches from a Midwestern Dairy Farmer

Dear County Agent Guy: Calf Pulling, Husband Training, and Other Curious Dispatches from a Midwestern Dairy Farmer

by Jerry Nelson


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“Jerry Nelson’s column comes from the true heart of the Midwest. He has the true voice, the slow twang. He knows wheat from barley. He knows hardware, he knows vegetation, he knows people.”—Garrison Keillor

In the tradition of Mark Twain and Jean Shepherd, Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor, Jerry Nelson is a humorist whose beat is the American heartland, a small-town world of pickup trucks and Sunday night pancake dinners, dropping in on neighbors and complaining about the county agent.

His depictions of daily life, from the point of view of an ex-dairy farmer and taciturn husband with a twinkle in his eye, are read by 250,000 people a week—and occasionally woven into Prairie Home Companion scripts. These are stories of courtship; childbirth—he offers the delivery room doctor the use of his calf puller; family; neighbors; chores; and the duties of a father—why is it that a man who spends his days in cow manure can’t change a baby’s diaper? Knee-slappingly funny one moment, poignant the next, it’s a very special look at a distinctly American way of life.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761187271
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 631,701
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jerry Nelson and his wife, Julie, live in Volga, South Dakota, on the farm that Jerry’s great-grandfather homesteaded in the 1880s. In addition to his weekly column, his writing has also appeared in the nation’s top agricultural magazines, including Successful Farming, Farm Journal, Progressive Farmer, and Living the Country Life.

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Dear County Agent Guy: Calf Pulling, Husband Training, and Other Curious Dispatches from a Midwestern Dairy Farmer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty funny book. The stories were all pretty short along with the book. There were several laugh out loud moments especially during the stories about the author and his wife. She definitely deserves an award for some of the stuff that she's put up with. I also got a full blown description of what lutefisk is. Gross! I read Murder mysteries and this was the first time I almost threw up from a book. Ugh! I digress, I thought the author did a great job with his stories and I enjoyed reading them. I don't think you necessarily have to be a farmer to enjoy this book as he pretty well explains what he's talking about so you do get the gist of the story. I would recommend this book if your into humor. Thanks to Workman Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to read, review and get to know Jerry Nelson a little better in exchange for an honest review.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Dear Country Agent Guy is Jerry Nelson's tales of being a farmer in South Dakota. Jerry is a Norwegian dairy farmer that has worked and lived on his farm since he was a little boy and this book, he lets everyone know what it truly means to be a farmer. With stories like nearly losing his life to hilarious tales of his family and what living in a South Dakota winter is really like, this book will make you appreciated everything that a farmer does. This book had me laughing out loud at certain points of the book, it's a very good book that I think could be up there with the Lena and Ole books, if you know what I mean! I lived up in North Dakota and I understand everything he said even right down to the hard winter but he can keep the lutefisk to himself!! I would like to see more stories by Jerry down the road and know I will enjoy those as much as I did this book! Thank You to Jerry Nelson for sharing your stories and I can only hope that there will be more stories to come!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.