Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer

Author Richard Rhodes shares his thoughts on the current state of American agriculture in Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer, published by… read more

Author Richard Rhodes shares his thoughts on the current state of American agriculture in Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer, published by Simon and Schuster. His experience is based mainly on a nine-month period he spent with a Missouri farm family, alias Tom and Sally Bauer and their children. During that time he found “how different farming and farmers are from the stereotype. Tom fixed machines. He worried about the genetics of his animals. He dealt with the types of soils he had and what nutrients they needed. He was remarkably competent at everything he did and he kept it all in his head.”

Rhodes goes on to discuss federal farm programs, which he feels are aimed at helping agri-business and not the individual farmers. Also, he talks about the virtues of the American farmer and how the entrepreneurial spirit of farming continues. close

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Program ID:
10416-1
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Dec 24, 1989 | 7:59pm EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
May 07, 2005 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Dec 24, 1989 | 7:59pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 25, 1989 | 12:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 25, 1989 | 5:03am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 25, 1989 | 10:21am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 25, 1989 | 3:19pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 26, 1989 | 2:01am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • May 07, 2005 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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