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This book presents life on the family ranch in today's American West. Ranch families in the twenty-first century face many challenges, from competition with government-subsidized agribusiness corporations to tax laws that encourage development over agriculture and prevent the smooth transfer of land from one generation to the next. As a stabilizing force in the American West, ranch families play a critical role in our country, perhaps more so today than ever before, yet their stories have rarely been told. They contribute to our nation with the food they raise, the environments they protect, and the resources they manage, and they preserve our western heritage while holding the West open for the rest of us. In ""The Family Ranch"", award-winning author Linda Hussa offers readers a personal, inside view into the lives of six diverse ranching families and the land that shapes their days and nights. Photographer Madeleine Graham Blake provides engaging and often moving images that portray each family at work and at play. With chapters on the critical issues that face each of them - from grazing rights and water use, to children's education and the emerging rural marketplace - these family profiles are set in a larger context. This is family ranching as it is now, a tracing of how it always was, but made far more complex in modern times. By combining their traditions with the tools of modern technology, these people strengthen the ideal of family and give the business of ranching a vibrant and viable future. ""The Family Ranch"" is rich in remarkable stories of what happens when parents, children, work, and nature come together for a lifetime of commitment. It speaks to urban and rural people in important ways, illuminating the realities of the western ranch and the people who make their living, and their lives, on it. Essential reading for people who love the West and care about its future, ""The Family Ranch"" inspires thoughts about tradition, values, and responsibility that are applicable to all communities.
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Linda Hussa is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, and is a recipient of the Nevada Writer's Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award. She and her husband ranch in Surprise Valley, near Cedarville, California. Madeleine Graham Blake is a fine-art photographer. She has taught photography at the Dominican University of California, and currently lives on a homestead ranch next to the lower Klamath Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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