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Book Recommendations

You know what you are doing out there in the fields. However, all of us no matter our professions, can continue to learn. We reached out to the NDSU Ag Department and asked then to provide recommendations on agriculture books that will help your knowledge grow.

Sandro Steinbach, Associate Professor, Director CAPTS, Challey Scholar, NDSU

“The Food Police a well-fed manifesto about the politics of your plate”

by Jason Lusk

“The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate” is a captivating read that delves into the complex world of food politics. Written by Jayson Lusk, this book examines the external forces that shape our food choices, including government regulations, media campaigns and special interest groups. But Lusk doesn’t stop there—he also explores the economic, social and cultural factors that play a role in our food decisions. One of the things that sets this book apart is Lusk’s thorough research and use of data to support his arguments. He draws on various sources, including academic studies and government reports, to build a strong case for a more nuanced and evidence-based approach to food policy. But despite its heavy subject matter, The book is highly readable and engaging. Lusk’s writing is clear and accessible, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to make more informed and mindful food choices. If you’re interested in the politics of food and how it impacts our daily lives, this book is a must-read.

Xinhua Jia, Professor, NDSU

“The Vertical Farm feeding the world in the 21st century”

by Dr. Dickson Despommier

The vertical farm is about designing a city or a structure to be self-sustaining. Vertical farming is a concept of growing food vertically inside a structure, with energy efficiency, artificial lights and optimal nutrient in mind.

“The Year-Round HoopHouse”

by Pam Dawling

The “Year-Round Hoophouse” is about high tunnel design and applications. The Hoophouse book talks about the engineering design of a hoophouse (high tunnel), how to grow crops in the hoophouse and management practices in the hoophouse.

Both books are much needed in North Dakota and can help our citizens to have fresh produces year around.

Matt Olhoft, Sr. Lecture, Ag. and Biosystems Engineering, NDSU

“Engine and Tractor Power”

by Carroll E. Goering and Alan C. Hansen

This book is important because it help with understanding your power units on a farm operation which is important to save money. Understanding how the machines work and having a good maintenance program will make a farm efficient and profitable.

What do you think?

Farmer Feature: Bill Mongeon

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