Book of the Month, Oct. 2021 - Out of the Shadows

October 2021 — Out of the Shadows

October is the peak of fall in the Midwest, as well as harvest season across the heartland. But where does all of the harvested corn and soybeans go? We're hoping that October's selection, Out of the Shadows: The New Merchants of Grain by Jonathan Kingsman, provides some insight. Here’s a quick summary of the book:… Continue reading October 2021 — Out of the Shadows

Book of the Month, Sept. 2021 - Locust

September 2021 — Locust

With September comes the much-anticipated transition to autumn...and a return to a historical novel as our featured title. Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Heartland* by Jeffrey A. Lockwood is "an entomological thriller" and is, in fact, written by an entomologist. Here’s a quick summary of the… Continue reading September 2021 — Locust

Book of the Month, June 2021 - Barn 8

June 2021 – Barn 8

This selection is quite different than our usual AgBookClub selections, and we hope that it will be an interesting variation from our normal reading schedule. Barn 8: A Novel*+ by Deb Olin Unferth is a fictional story of a plot to steal a million chickens in the dead of night. The fictional nature of this book should… Continue reading June 2021 – Barn 8

Book of the Month, May 2021 - This Blessed Earth

May 2021 – This Blessed Earth

We know that more than 90 percent of U.S. farms are family owned and operated, although there is a lot of misinformation regarding farm ownership and operation among the public non-farming community. May’s selection, This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm*+ by Ted Genoways, should be an interesting take on the… Continue reading May 2021 – This Blessed Earth

Apr. 2021 - The Scientist and the Spy, Book of the Month

April 2021 – The Scientist and the Spy

The Scientist and The Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage*+ by Mara Hvistendahl is something totally different than other books we’ve read in the three-plus year history of AgBookClub. We know that genetic technology for crops is important to U.S. farmers and we thought that planting season (knock on wood we… Continue reading April 2021 – The Scientist and the Spy