Maybe I'd make more as a lawyer, but I eat better than most lawyers, and I get to work outside. --Richard DeWilde, Viroqua, Wis., vegetable grower
We'll have a five-inch downpour, and the creek that runs through our property is running clear by the next morning. --Adele Hayes, Warnerville, N.Y., livestock farmer
When we made the changes in management, our overhead costs dropped
. We're seeing a healthier landscape and growing more grass. --Mark Frasier, Woodrow, Colo., cattle rancher
From the Publisher
The concept for The New American Farmer came from John Ikerd, former agricultural economics professor at the University of Missouri. After decades of working with farmers and ranchers across the country, Ikerd wanted to convince others that thriving, family-run operations making a profit, working in harmony with the environment and helping improve their communities were no fluke. To him, the "new American farm" was a place where producers could create and achieve positive financial, environmental and quality of life goals.