LINCOLN — Nebraska Extension’s Women in Agriculture program has announced “A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living,” by Jody L. Lamp and Melody Dobson, as the selection for its upcoming book club, which will will conclude with a live virtual chat with the authors at 6:30 p.m. on March 22.

Participation is free and a free copy of the book will be mailed to the first 20 people who register at wia.unl.edu/book-club.

Published in 2017 by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, “A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living” celebrates the state’s forgotten and untold agricultural history, highlighting more than a century and a half of industry agriculture, inventions and innovations in the Cornhusker State. The book tells the story of how Nebraska, once known as the “Great American Desert”, saw farmers, ranchers and agribusiness leaders nurture and develop the native plains and grasslands who have helped the state become a national leader in the production of food, feed and fuel.

Authors Lamp and Dobson co-founded the American Doorstep Project, which collects and shares stories that promote historic spaces, places, innovations, products and events that have shaped the United States over hundreds of years past. Lamp is originally from Scotts Bluff County and worked as an agricultural journalist and photographer before opening his own public relations and marketing firm in 2009. Dobson is originally from a farm and ranch in eastern Montana fourth generation. As National Coordinator of the flagship Lewis and Clark Bicentennial event, she now specializes in interpretive communication, sharing the stories of our nation’s great agrarian pioneers.

Nebraska Women in Agriculture will continue to host the journal club quarterly. The featured books will cover a variety of topics, such as inspirational stories, grain marketing, farm finance, estate planning and more.

More information about the Nebraska Women in Agriculture program is available on the program’s website, wia.unl.edu.

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