Developing and Extending Sustainable Agriculture, a New Social Contract is a collection of essays by several authors, most of whom are involved with cooperative extension programs and midwestern land grant universities. Charles A. Francis of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, is the primary author or coauthor of 7 of the book's 16 chapters and is the first editor listed, so his influence is especially important throughout. Many chapters describe extension and applied research programs created to help farmers and farm communities cope with the harsh economic pressures that continue to affect rural America, emphasizing here the north-central region of...

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