Authors Give a Glimpse of What American Agriculture is All About

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New book offers readers an informative look at American agriculture particularly on the Texas High Plains through stories and pictures

American agriculture has long been the most productive agricultural center in the world, producing key food and fiber ingredients for the rest of the world. In this book of personal stories and photographs, the authors Samantha Yates Borgstedt and Darren Hudson draw attention to the agriculture they see on a daily basis. In particular, they shed light on the fact that agriculture is family oriented, with families making up the clear preponderance of American agriculture. They capture the diversity of production systems, business strategies, and roles of support industries revealing to the reader a broader world of farming, ranching, and agribusiness. Through the personal stories and photos of the families, businesses, and communities, the authors hope to create a broader understanding or what all is involved when feeding and clothing the world.

The authors focus on the Texas High Plains because it is a diverse production area, with many crops and livestock operations, organic and conventional farming, conservation techniques, and broad array of business structures that can serve to inform and educate about the true American agriculture.

“And while we hope you learn something about where your food and fiber come from, we also hope that you can come to feel the love these people have for their way of life and appreciate their struggle,” share the authors.

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About the Authors

Samantha Yates Borgstedt grew up in Tarzan, Texas, where her family farm and raise cattle. She attended Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelor and Masters degree in Agricultural Communications. She works as the Publications Specialist for the Cotton Economics Research Institute as well as the Larry Combest Endowed Chair of Agricultural Competitiveness. Samantha is back living in Tarzan, Texas, with her husband, Brandon.

Darren Hudson is the Larry Combest Endowed Chair in Agricultural Competitiveness and Director of the Cotton Economics Research Institute at Texas Tech University. Hudson is the author of one college textbook in agricultural price analysis, over 60 journal articles, and over 300 other publications and presentations on agricultural markets, policy, and trade. He resides in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife, son and daughter.

Agriculture on the High Plains of Texas * by Samantha Yates Borgstedt & Darren Hudson
Publication Date: June 13, 2011
Picture Book; $61.99; 120 pages; 978-1-4568-9554-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $71.99; 120 pages; 978-1-4568-9555-6

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