Unwanted Bread: The Challenge of Farming and Ranching

By Sheldon Green and James Coomber

Published by Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 2000, 160 pages, softcover


The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to present this outstanding book by Sheldon Green and James Coomber, Unwanted Bread: The challenge of farming and ranching.

Every year more families are leaving the land. Our rural areas are changing forever. Is anyone noticing? Does anyone care? In their own words, fifty North Dakota food producers - farmers, ranchers and agribusinesspeople - tell their stories of why they are getting out or staying in, diversifying, raising buffalo or forming new generation value-added cooperatives. Farmers talk of their frustrations and opportunities in this personal glimpse into rural life today. Readers will discover insights into the expensive, complicated and often emotional business of farming and ranching.

The book includes essays on agriculture by former North Dakota Governor George Sinner and Governor Ed Schafer; outstanding color photography; and fifty personal stories of the daily challenges in farming and ranching.

James Coomber is a professor of English and chair of the English Department at Concordia College, where he has taught since 1966. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and for many years chaired the Concordia Conference on Reading and Writing. Coomber is co-author with Howard Peet of the Wordskills vocabulary-spelling textbook series, as well as other publications in the teaching of English.

Sheldon Green is the senior writer in the Office of Communications at Concordia College. He has been the editor of the Hazen Star weekly newspaper and the North Dakota Horizons magazine and helped edit, design and photograph the five-volume North Dakota Centennial Book series. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota.

Dan Wipf sits in his office where he uses a powerful computer to design custom roof and floor trusses at the Willowbank Hutterite Colony, Edgeley, ND.
Tom and Joyce Scherr and their daughters, Kristen, Alisha and Emily, at the milking parlor at their Zeeland, ND, farm.

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