Book Review – The Year God Forgot Us

Joanna Schroeder

Pssst…I have the secret recipe for renewable fuel. Want to know where I found this recipe that will take down big oil? In the novel, “The Year God Forgot Us,” by Dennis Nau. Ok, so I don’t really have some super duper secret renewable fuel recipe, but this week’s book was a fictional look at 1936, during the Great Depression, …

Biofuels, Book Review, Wheat

Cowgirl Up! Let’s Go Ranching

Jamie Johansen

With Christmas just around the corner, this just might be the perfect stocking stuffer for the little one in your life. The twins have brought you another educational story of life on the ranch. Sheridan and Rianna Chaney are proud to bring you the fourth book in the “The Chaney Twins’ Ag Series.” This book, “Cowgirl Up! Let’s Go Ranching” …

Book Review, Education, Farming, Youth

Become a Carbon Farmer

Joanna Schroeder

Do you ever sit around your kitchen table and contemplate other crops you might like to grow? Here is a novel idea – grow carbon. What you ask? Growers across the country are becoming carbon farmers as highlighted in the documentary film Carbon Nation. The film touts itself as a “climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you …

Agribusiness, Book Review, Climate Change, Education, Environment, Video

Book Review – Cows Can’t Quack

Joanna Schroeder

“Cows can’t quack…but they can moo,” begins Cows Can’t Quack, the second delightful children’s book written by Dave Reisman. In my esteem, this book is another winner but who am I to judge at my age? No, I will not delve that information, oh faithful reader. However I will admit I found the illustrations (Jason A. Maas) absolutely charming. To really test out …

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Book Review – The Vertical Farm

Joanna Schroeder

I spent some time learning about ways the world can feed a burgeoning population. One emerging idea is through a “vertical farm,” an idea that has been promoted by Dr. Dickson Despommier, a former professor of microbiology and public health in environmental sciences at Columbia. He recently authored, “The Vertical Farm Feeding the World in the 21st Century,” which lays …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, Book Review

The Food Security Reader

Chuck Zimmerman

I just got my copy of The Food Security Reader. It is “The Best of Truth About Trade & Technology” with the foreword written by Dean Kleckner and edited by Mary Boote. I have only just skimmed it but if you like what you find at TATT then you will like reading through the stories told in this book. The …

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Book Review – Cows Can’t Jump

Joanna Schroeder

Calling all teachers and parents and those with nieces, nephews, cousins…OK, I’m basically calling everybody. You have to read this book, “Cows Can’t Jump,” by Dave Reisman. The book is about embracing our differences and focusing not on what we can’t do well, but on what we do best. In a world where a child’s self-esteem is attacked and challenged …

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Book Review – Farm Hands

Joanna Schroeder

The book I read over the weekend now has a special place on my shelf since I have actually experienced a small portion of what author Tom Rivers describes in “Farm Hands“. The book is an accumulation of his writings for his local newspaper, The Daily News, where he chronicles the labor challenges faced by small farm operations in Upstate …

Agribusiness, Book Review, Farming

Book Review – Public Produce

Joanna Schroeder

I came across an interesting little book a few weeks ago called Public Produce, authored by Darrin Nordahl. The book discusses the urban agriculture movement and highlights several programs in both California and Iowa – two states the author has called home (and I have also called home). The move to public produce has been driven in part by several …

Book Review, Food