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A History of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau
Eric W. Mogren
"Meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated and exceptionally well written."—Agricultural History Review
"Refreshing ... meticulousy researched and written in a way that allows the reader to watch the story unfold with a sense of immediacy. Native Soil is an important contribution to the history of both the Midwest and American agriculture."—Journal of Illinois History
"Not to take the opportunity to read Eric Mogren's Native Soil is to make a significant error, particularly for agricultural historians, historians of the Midwest, and even generalist scholars of the American experience."—The Annals of Iowa
Located in a region blessed by geology with nutrient rich, lush, black soil, DeKalb County, Illinois, is known for its agricultural prosperity. Here, in 1912, an enterprising group of successful farmers, businessmen, and bankers joined together to form an agricultural organization dedicated to improving crop production, the DeKalb County Soil Improvement Association. Aided by its capable farm advisor, William G. Eckhardt, this coalition evolved into the DeKalb County Farm Bureau—a new type of organization that soon proliferated throughout the United States, offering educational and farming services to rural communities.
(2005) 300 pp.
Eric Mogren is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University and author of Warm Sand: Uranium Mill Tailings Policy in the Atomic West.
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