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COLFAX, WISCONSIN — Did you apperceive that since 1969, the United States has absent 85 percent of its dairy farms. And did you apperceive that since 1969, Wisconsin has absent nearly 70 percent of its dairy farms?

“I lived away from my hometown in west central Wisconsin for 15 age. When I returned in the mid 1990s, I expected to be living in a farming community again. Instead, I discovered that abounding of the baby family dairy farms according to the one where I grew up had disappeared” said LeAnn R. Ralph, author of the books Christmas in Dairyland (Accurate Stories from a Wisconsin Farm) (August 2003) and Accord Me a At ease Where the Dairy Cows Roam (October 2004).

Figures from the Census of Agriculture and from the American Farm Bureau Federation indicate that in 1969 added than a half a million dairy farms operated in the United States, but by the year 2000, alone 83,000 dairy farms remained. And according to statistics from the U.S. Census of Agriculture, during the last three decades of the twentieth century, Wisconsin went from 66,000 dairy farms down to 20,000 dairy farms.

“That’s why I decided to inscription stories about growing up on a dairy farm. Our farm was at ease-steaded by my Norwegian abundant-grandfather in the unpunctual 1800s, but baby family farms are a affair of the former. They accept appealing much disappeared from the countryside,” Ralph said.

“My dad milked 20 cows and knew all of them by agname. Nowadays the trend is toward corporate farms that milk hundreds of cows,” she said.

Ralph’s advanced book, Accord Me a At ease Where the Dairy Cows Roam (192 pages; $13.95; ISBN 1-59113-592-3) is a collection of 20 accurate stories that took abode on her family’s farm 40 age ago. Adventure titles accommodate “Captivating the Bull by the Horns,” “Spring Cleaning,” “A Altered Sort of Cow,” “Dad’s Favorite Directions,” “Popsicle Blues,” “On Top of the Apple,” and “Bigger Butter.”

According to Midwest Book Analysis, Ralph’s aboriginal book, Christmas In Dairyland: Accurate Stories From A Wisconsin Farm “is a heartwarming anthology of accurate anecdotes of rural action on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Even though Wisconsin is still accepted as America’s Dairyland, action on a family homestead is accelerated being replaced by corporate agribusiness, and the memories treasured in Christmas In Dairyland are quickly becoming altered milestones of an era needing to be preserved in anticipation and print for the acceptable of approaching generations. Christmas In Dairyland is simply admirable reading and is a ‘must’ for all Wisconsin public library collections.”

Ralph earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a writing stress from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and again earned a Expert of Arts in Teaching from UW-Whitewater. She worked as a newspaper reporter for nine age and again has taught English at a boys’ boarding school. She is the editor of the Wisconsin Regional Writer (the quarterly publication of the Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Assoc.).

Accord Me a At ease Where the Dairy Cows Roam and Christmas in Dairyland (Accurate Stories from a Wisconsin Farm)are available buttoned up Barnes & Dejected-blooded and Amazon.com. For added advice or to adjustment the books, appointment www.ruralroute2.com or call LeAnn at (715) 962-3368.

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LeAnn R. Ralph; E6689 970th Ave.; Colfax, WI 54730; (715) 962-3368


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LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the books “Accord Me a At ease Where the Dairy Cows Roam” and “Christmas in Dairyland.” http://ruralroute2.com


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Originall posted August 15, 2012