Rejoinder: "Dumb Farmers": Or, They Can't Possibly Know What They're Talking About — We're the Experts


  • Jay Gatrell Indiana State University
  • Thomas Steiger Indiana State University
  • Neil Reid The University of Toledo
  • Jeanette Eckert Michigan State University
  • Paula Ross The University of Toledo



Farm Succession, Farm Transfer


First paragraphs:

Over the past decade, we, as a research team, have explicitly investigated the intersection between small family farms, economics, development, and culture in northwest Ohio (Gatrell, Reid, & Ross, 2011; Gatrell, Reid, Steiger, Smith, & Carroll, 2009; Gatrell, Thakur, Reid, & Smith, 2010; LaFary, Gatrell, Reid, & Lindquist, 2006; Reid, Gatrell, & Ross, 2012; Reid, Smith, Gatrell, & Carroll, 2009; Reid, Smith, Haase, Ross, Mirozoyants, & Gatrell, 2009). As such, our primary interest has been in describing and understanding the socio-spatial and cultural context of small family farms and their production practices, as well as business practices as observed in the study area with the assistance of congressionally directed spending. To that end, Cultivating Narratives: Cultivating Successors (Steiger, Eckert, Reid, & Ross, 2012) focused on the practices and decision making of farms (to be read as firms) and the empirically observed realities of northwest Ohio farmers, and articulated the overall positionality of the research relative to the cultural and political significance of the family farm....


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Author Biographies

Jay Gatrell, Indiana State University

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA.

Thomas Steiger, Indiana State University

Center for Student Research & Creativity, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809 USA.

Neil Reid, The University of Toledo

The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Jeanette Eckert, Michigan State University

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Paula Ross, The University of Toledo

The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA.



How to Cite

Gatrell, J., Steiger, T., Reid, N., Eckert, J., & Ross, P. (2013). Rejoinder: "Dumb Farmers": Or, They Can’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About — We’re the Experts. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(2), 29–31.