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  • Friday Cheese Curds: Kenny Clark keeps on trucking heading into contract year.
    by Evan "Tex" Western on July 12, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images The veteran tackle had a career year in 2023 and is poised for a big year in a new scheme. Back in 2016, Kenny Clark was a bit of a surprise as the Green Bay Packers’ first-round draft pick. Of course, in hindsight it made a ton of sense — he was a very young player at a key position and possessed massive athletic ability. Fast-forward to 2024. Now 28 years old, Clark is the longest-tenured Packer on the roster with eight seasons under his belt. (Preston Smith is older and has more NFL experience, but he joined the Packers in 2019.) Clark has made three Pro Bowl appearances, making him one of just 15 players from his draft class to reach that mark. And he’s heading into the final year of his second NFL contract. But while Clark is a rare viable candidate for a third contract with the Packers, that deal is probably on the back-burner until after Jordan Love’s deal gets done. That means that the veteran tackle will probably head into training camp and perhaps the regular season without being locked in beyond this year. If the Packers don’t come to a deal with him early, it’s possible that his price tag could go up substantially. To this point, Clark has played a lot of nose tackle, eating up blockers and letting the other members of the defensive front clean up around him in the run game. He certainly flashed plenty as a penetrating tackle when allowed to fire off the ball, but too often Mike Pettine and Joe Barry had him occupying space. Last season saw Clark moving around a bit more thanks to the emergence of T.J. Slaton as a run-stuffing nose tackle option, but now a switch to Jeff Hafley’s aggressive defense seems poised to let Clark go and do what he does best: get into the backfield. After setting a new career-high in sacks last season, he could exceed that number once again this season — so getting a new deal done sooner rather than later seems a wise course of action. Execs, coaches, scouts rank the NFL’s top 10 DTs for 2024 – ESPNKenny Clark justifiably returns to the top ten after that new career-high sack number (7.5) and a third Pro Bowl appearance. Packers run defense will be tested early and often in 2024 | Packer ReportClark will have his work cut out for him in the start of the season, with the team facing running backs Saquon Barkley (now in Philadelphia), Jonathan Taylor (Indianapolis), Tony Pollard (Tennessee), and Aaron Jones (Minnesota) over the first four games of the season. NFL Draft 2024 was a touchdown for Detroit economy, report says | Green Bay Press-GazetteDetroit reported $213 million in economic impact and record attendance for this year’s draft. Can Green Bay exceed those numbers? Packers’ Jordan Love could ride last season’s momentum and become a top fantasy QB – The Athletic ($)I’d argue that he already established himself as one of the top fantasy QBs over that second half of the season, as he rode that late-season surge to a 5th-place finish in standard scoring. 6 “Ninja Turtle Gang” members arrested, 200 smuggled reptiles seized in Malaysia – CBS NewsSmuggling animals is not cool, but you have to appreciate the nickname of this band of criminals.

  • NFL coaches, scouts think highly of Packers RB Josh Jacobs
    by Justis Mosqueda on July 12, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK In a poll of league evaluators, Jacobs was ranked 6th among NFL running backs. For the fifth year, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has polled league executives, coaches and scouts to comprise positional rankings of NFL players. Per Fowler, he had 80 members vote this year, which seems like a solid enough sample size to make out what the consensus is around the NFL. One player who I looked for in Fowler’s rankings is new Green Bay Packers running back Josh Jacobs, who was named a first-team All-Pro in 2022 but rushed for just 3.5 yards per carry — his career low — in 2023. According to Fowler, Jacobs, who was ranked third on his list going into 2023, is considered the sixth-best running back in the league going into 2024. It appears that most of the NFL’s evaluators believe that Jacobs will bounce back this season, as the Packers are hoping. At least one voter in Fowler’s poll ranked Jacobs as high as the second-best back in the league. The only 2024 free agent signee who came in ahead of Jacobs is the Philadelphia Eagles’ Saquon Barkley, who was ranked fourth overall among running backs. Barkley signed a three-year, $37.8 million deal with the Eagles in free agency, which included $26 million guaranteed at signing. For perspective, Jacobs signed a four-year, $48 million deal — which comes out just lower than Barkley’s average per year — with just $12 million guaranteed. Below is what one coach told Fowler about Jacobs in their conversations: “Just a good all-around back,” an NFL offensive coach said. “Can run inside or outside zone. Breaks a lot of tackles at the point of contact. Rarely tackled by one guy. Not the fastest or biggest or strongest but just knows how to run the football and [be] very productive. And he’s very durable. Can get you a lot of carries and really punish you in the fourth quarter.” If you were wondering, former Packers running back Aaron Jones only received an honorable mention nod on the list. So, it’s fair to say the league, in general, believes that Green Bay upgraded at the position this offseason. Opinions outside of the league’s walls are still split on Jacobs, though. Pro Football Focus is lower on Jacobs than NFL evaluators, as they ranked the former Las Vegas Raider just 10th on their running back list. PFF did call the Packers’ backfield the sixth-best in the sport, a slight bump for the depth that longtime backup AJ Dillon and rookie MarShawn Lloyd provide.

  • Packers Roster Prediction: Competitions highlight the offensive line room
    by Justis Mosqueda on July 12, 2024 at 10:43 am

    Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK Nine offensive linemen make our 53-man roster cut and seven of them could be starting in Week 1. In the fifth edition of our roster prediction series, we’re going to touch on the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line room — which might be the most competitive unit on the entire roster. Out of the 15 offensive linemen currently under contract with the Packers, 12 of them made the 53-man roster on at least one Acme Packing Company contributor’s prediction — for reference. With Jon Runyan Jr. and Yosh Nijman signing on elsewhere, Green Bay’s offensive line was going to have to reshuffle a little no matter what in 2024. After the team turned in its first-round pick for rookie tackle Jordan Morgan out of Arizona, though, the competition kicked up a notch. As many as seven offensive linemen could be considered as possible starters going into training camp, depending on which way you’re leaning in these head-to-head battles. Let’s get into it. On the 53: Rasheed Walker, Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers, Sean Rhyan, Zach Tom, Jordan Morgan, Jacob Monk, Andre Dillard and Donovan Jennings Only nine offensive linemen made the 53-man cut on our consensus prediction. Personally, I think the team will keep 10 big uglies on the team in 2024, as the team has generally kept 10 or 11 under head coach Matt LaFleur. The returning starters are Rasheed Walker (left tackle), Elgton Jenkins (left guard), Josh Myers (center) and Zach Tom (right tackle). On paper, the team should probably only have a starting job open at the right guard position, but the Packers like to cross-train offensive linemen at multiple positions — which also tends to open the door for unexpected camp battles. Behind the returning starters are three offensive linemen who can legitimately push for starting jobs: Sean Rhyan, Jorgan Morgan and Andre Dillard. Rhyan was worked into the Packers’ lineup last season as a rotational player who was paired with Runyan, who is now a New York Giants. Rhyan is likely being viewed as a guard-only player, as that’s the position he’s primarily played in his two years in Green Bay, so expect him to be the first guard off the bench if he’s not named the Packers’ preferred choice at right guard. Morgan seemed to be getting practice time at both tackle positions and both guard positions in the spring. There’s no doubt that the first-round rookie will make the team. The question is just whether or not we’re going to see him play extended time once the regular season comes around. The final name of note, as far as the possible starters are concerned, is Dillard, who comes to Green Bay after signing a one-year contract with no guaranteed salary just before the draft. At the moment, Dillard has been receiving most of the team’s number-one snaps at right tackle, as returning starter Zach Tom has been dealing with a pec injury. Dillard has also seen some time at left tackle over Walker. The players who aren’t involved in these first-team camp battles who made the 53-man cut on our consensus prediction are fifth-round rookie Jacob Monk and undrafted rookie Donovan Jennings. Monk played all over the line for Duke, but is expected to be considered a center-only prospect at the NFL level due to his size. Until he starts to see some reps over Myers, you can go ahead and assume he’s going to be a reserve as a rookie. It will also be tough for Jennings to crack the lineup this year, but the Packers went out of their way to pay a sizeable amount of guaranteed money ($110,000) by Green Bay standards for Jennings when the draft ended, despite the team drafting three players at the position in 2024. Jennings was a college left tackle for Alabama-Birmingham but will see most of his playing time as a guard in the NFL All selections other than Dillard and Jennings were consensus selections. Released: Luke Tenuta, Travis Glover, Caleb Jones, Royce Newman, Kadeem Telfort and Lecitus Smith Luke Tenuta (tackle), rookie draft pick Travis Glover (tackle) and Caleb Jones (tackle) all received at least one vote to make the 53-man roster by our staff. Surprisingly, no one picked Royce Newman (guard) to make the team, despite him starting 24 games going into the final season of his rookie contract. One reason for this is the salary escalator he hit, which will multiply his 2024 salary several times the original rate that the Packers signed him to back when he was drafted. If the Packers keep a 10th (or *gasp* 11th) lineman, it will probably be a tackle body. The team has enough depth and versatility in its roster that the interior shouldn’t demand another roster spot allocated to the position. For example, the only tackle-only players who made the nine-man unit that comprised our 53-man roster prediction are Rasheed Walker and Andre Dillard. Tenuta, Glover and Jones should make up a competitive battle, if the Packers choose to keep a 10th. Tenuta and Jones have both been stashed on Green Bay’s 53-man roster for the last two seasons, despite having David Bakhtiari, Zach Tom, Rasheed Walker, Yosh Nijman and Elgton Jenkins on the squad. Glover, who is admittedly a work in progress, is a hulking 6’6”, 317-pound tackle who was taken in the sixth round out of Georgia State in April. Along with Newman, 2023 practice squadder Kadeem Telfort (tackle) and Lecitus Smith (guard), who was signed by the Packers following a tryout at rookie minicamp, also didn’t make a 53-man roster on any staff member’s list. On Monday, we’re finally going to travel to the other side of the ball as we’ll make our defensive line predictions.

  • Packers Reacts Survey: Will Jordan Love sign before training camp?
    by Justis Mosqueda on July 11, 2024 at 10:53 pm

    Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images Have circumstances changed enough where the goalposts need to be moved on the training camp deadline for an extension with the Packers’ quarterback? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Green Bay Packers fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys. This one is going to be pretty simple: Do you think Jordan Love will sign a contract extension before training camp? Last month, Love stated that he had heard that his deal would be completed around the start of training camp. Clearly, both sides have been trying to get a deal done, as general manager Brian Gutekunst said that the team wanted to get the deal “right” as early as before April’s draft. With that being said, we’ve heard little to no news on the subject since Love hit on the subject a full month ago. Since then, too, a couple of things have changed with the quarterback market. First, the NFL lost its lawsuit over the NFL Sunday Ticket package, which means that a $2 billion revenue stream could be deleted from the league’s books in the near future. If that happens, there will almost certainly be a drop in the league’s salary cap — despite starting quarterbacks having a going rate between $50 million to $55 million per season. On top of that, it appears that the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa have reached a standstill in their negotiations as the two sides can’t see eye-to-eye on compensation. The Dallas Cowboys don’t seem to be making progress on a new extension with their quarterback, Dak Prescott, either. Is this finally a breaking point with the quarterback market? Have circumstances changed enough that the goalposts need to be moved on a start of training camp deadline for Love’s extension? Let us know how you’re feeling about the situation in the comment section below and vote in our poll to make your voice heard. Please take our survey

  • Packers Roster Prediction: Young playmakers fill up the tight end group
    by Evan "Tex" Western on July 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Wm. Glasheen / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin / USA TODAY NETWORK A group filled with second-year pros should give head coach Matt LaFleur tons of fun options to work with in his offense. Today, Acme Packing Company’s predictions of the Green Bay Packers’ 53-man roster continue as we move our focus over to the tight end position, a group that saw even more of a tight consensus than even the wide receiver group’s predictions that were revealed on Wednesday. Last year, general manager Brian Gutekunst had some major work to do on this room after the departures of Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan, and he put that work in early in the NFL Draft. The team now has two of the most exciting young tight ends in the sport on the roster and ready to complement one another as well as some backup options with experience and special teams chops. The voting on this position group was almost unanimous. All but one of our 12 contributors picked the same group of four on our individual rosters, with the one exception being that a writer had the team keeping only three and leaving off one of the backups in favor of a player at another position. Let’s look at how we expect the group to look at the start of the 2024 season. On the 53: Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft, Tyler Davis, Ben Sims The starting tandem of Musgrave and Kraft took the NFL by storm last season. The pair of day-two 2023 draft picks combined for over 700 receiving yards during their rookie season as Brian Gutekunst elected to practically rebuild the Packers’ entire tight end room from scratch. Despite expectations that the two players would be used together with Kraft as more of a conventional in-line tight end and Musgrave as a receiving weapon, Musgrave had the early impact as TE1 in week one, playing over 2/3 of the team’s offensive snaps in 8 of the team’s first 9 games. Kraft came on much more slowly, only seeing a handful of snaps in each of the first four games before gradually expanding his role out to around 40-50% of the team’s snaps by midseason. Then, Musgrave suffered a lacerated kidney in week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers, knocking him out of the lineup for six games. Kraft played almost every offensive snap the rest of the season, putting up a stretch of four straight games with at least 4 catches and 48 receiving yards and solidifying himself as a quality Y tight end, even upon Musgrave’s return. He flashed repeatedly as a blocker and a tackle-breaker (or hurdler) in the open field in a way that Musgrave did not. But together, these two players are poised for big things as they offer Matt LaFleur extensive versatility in his offense within 12 personnel packages. Returning from a torn ACL suffered last year in training camp, Davis should be ready to resume his role as one of the Packers’ most vital special teams players. Look at his inclusion on the roster as one that will be critical for coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who had him on the field for over 80% of special teams snaps in 2022. Then we come to Sims, a player whom the Packers brought in for a pre-draft visit before the 2023 NFL Draft but who initially signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a UDFA. Green Bay claimed Sims off waivers following final cuts and he ended up playing in every game of his rookie season as the team’s third true tight end behind Musgrave and Kraft. After working his way onto a handful of special teams units, Sims’ offensive playing time took an uptick after Musgrave’s injury as he took on the #2 role. Sims finished the season with double-digit offensive snaps in 10 straight games (including playoffs), where he put up some good tape as a blocker and added a touchdown reception in the Packers’ upset of the Chiefs in week 13. Released: Messiah Swinson, Joel Wilson You can be forgiven if you don’t recognize either of these names yet. Swinson signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent this spring following a college career at Arizona State and Missouri, while Wilson bounced around a bit during his rookie 2023 season and finished it out on Green Bay’s practice squad. Swinson is a massive player at the position, listed at 6-foot-7 and 259 pounds. However, his aside from a roughly average 40-yard dash time, his overall athletic testing leaves much to be desired, with most of his measurements coming in below the 20th percentile for tight ends. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he was not used much as a receiver, catching just 28 passes for 317 yards and two scores in his career. Wilson, meanwhile, exceeded Swinson’s career numbers in each of his final two seasons at Central Michigan. In fact, he was the Chippewas’ second-leading receiver in 2022 with 44 catches and 445 yards to go with a team-leading six touchdown receptions. Wilson is built a little more conventionally for a tight end at 6-foot-4 and 242 pounds, and would probably be more of a traditional receiving option. Still, with the other four players on the roster already having NFL experience — and with both Davis and Sims becoming notable special teams contributors in recent years — it’s tough to find a pathway onto the 53 for either Swinson or Wilson at this point. Stay tuned as we reveal our picks on the offensive line on Friday!

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  • Packers add to the DL in ESPN’s Mock Draft
    by Brennen Rupp on July 11, 2024 at 9:18 pm

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  • Where do Packers playmakers on offense rank entering 2024?
    by Zach Kruse on July 10, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    The playmaking group of the Green Bay Packers — think receivers, running backs and tight ends — is bursting at the seams with potential entering 2024, but potential is nothing until realized, so their ranking in Bill Barnwell’s assessment for ESPN shouldn’t be super surprising even if it seems low. Barnwell, in a ranking of top playmaking groups in 2024, placed the Packers at No. 17. Barnwell’s strategy behind the rankings involved assigning more value to wide receivers, elite players and efficiency. The Packers have everything they need at receiver, running back and tight end, but it all has to come together around Jordan Love in 2024. Barnwell was especially optimistic about the Packers receivers. “There’s no star or household name (yet) in this mix, but this is the youngest, deepest receiving corps in the league, with four different wide receivers credibly competing for the top spot in the lineup when they’re healthy. Their youth suggests those wideouts should be better in 2024 than they were in 2023,” Barnwell wrote. Barnwell also thinks Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft “flashed potential” at tight end as rookies. His concern was at running back, where Josh Jacobs could, in theory, be a playmaking downgrade from Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon’s developmental path has been a disappointment. Maybe rookie MarShawn Lloyd can help push this position group in an upwards direction. One thing is for sure: the Packers defense under Jeff Hafley better be ready to go within the NFC North in 2024. For Barnwell, the Detroit Lions ranked No. 7, the Chicago Bears ranked No. 6 and the Minnesota Vikings ranked No. 5 in offensive playmakers. Still, the future in Green Bay is bright. Jacobs is only 26 and just one year removed from the rushing title. The receiver group is five or six deep with quality players, including a few potential stars. Both tight ends could be difference makers. “If Jacobs gets back on track and one of the wideouts makes a leap, the Packers should be in the top 10 next year,” Barnwell finished. The top four teams were the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans. The Packers face all four during the 2024 season. Email Sign up Like this article? Sign up for the Packers Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning An error has occured Please re-enter your email address. Thanks for signing up! You’ll now receive the top Packers Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.

  • Ranking the Green Bay Packers strength of schedule
    by Data Skrive on July 10, 2024 at 2:08 pm

    On September 6, the Green Bay Packers’ 2024 campaign commences with a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. We outline the team’s strength of schedule in the article below. Buy Packers tickets on StubHub Packers strength of schedule The Packers will have the fourth-hardest schedule in the NFL, based on their opponents’ combined win total last year (152). Based on our predictions, Green Bay will be facing the 15th-ranked schedule in terms of toughness. According to their opponents’ projected win total this season (162), the Packers have the second-hardest schedule in the NFL. In terms of toughness, using their NFC North opponents’ combined win total last season, the Packers will be playing the 13th-ranked divisional schedule this year. Green Bay will have the ninth-toughest divisional schedule in the NFL, based on its NFC North opponents’ projected win total this year (60). In 2024, the Packers will face 11 teams that had winning records last season, including three that won 12 or more games, while facing one squad that picked up five or fewer wins a year ago. Green Bay will have seven games against returning 2023 playoff teams in 2024. Packers games Week 1 | September 6: at Eagles, 8:15 PM ET on Peacock Week 2 | September 15: vs. Colts, 1:00 PM ET on FOX Week 3 | September 22: at Titans, 1:00 PM ET on FOX Week 4 | September 29: vs. Vikings, 1:00 PM ET on CBS Week 5 | October 6: at Rams, 4:25 PM ET on CBS Week 6 | October 13: vs. Cardinals, 1:00 PM ET on FOX Week 7 | October 20: vs. Texans, 1:00 PM ET on CBS Week 8 | October 27: at Jaguars, 1:00 PM ET on FOX Week 9 | November 3: vs. Lions, 4:25 PM ET on FOX Week 11 | November 17: at Bears, 1:00 PM ET on FOX Week 12 | November 24: vs. 49ers, 4:25 PM ET on FOX Week 13 | November 28: vs. Dolphins, 8:20 PM ET on NBC Week 14 | December 5: at Lions, 8:15 PM ET on Amazon Prime Video Week 15 | December 15: at Seahawks, 8:20 PM ET on NBC Week 16 | December 23: vs. Saints, 8:15 PM ET on ESPN Week 17 | December 29: at Vikings, 1:00 PM ET on FOX Week 18 | January 5: vs. Bears, 1:00 PM ET Watch the Packers on Fubo

  • Uniform numbers retired by the Green Bay Packers
    by Zach Kruse on July 10, 2024 at 1:58 pm

    The Green Bay Packers currently have six officially retired numbers, one number soon to be retired and two unofficially retired numbers. All six retired numbers were worn by Pro Football Hall of Famers who helped the Packers win NFL titles. Between the six players with retired numbers, 13 combined NFL titles or Super Bowls were won. A seventh number will eventually be retired for a future Hall of Famer and Super Bowl winner. Two other numbers are mostly off limits but are not officially retired.Which uniform numbers are retired by the Packers? Here are the six, sorted by year retired, with some additional information about other numbers:

  • 1 Packers player on the roster bubble at each position entering training camp
    by Zach Kruse on July 9, 2024 at 7:49 pm

    The start of training camp for the Green Bay Packers is almost two weeks away. The first practice is scheduled for Monday, July 17. From that point on, competition will drive everything for Matt LaFleur’s team as they prepare for the 2024 season. Obviously, all NFL teams go into training camp with 90 players but start the season with 53. The competition of training camp drives the process of selecting the best 53.Some players are roster locks. Others will need to have a great summer to stick around. Here is one notable Packers player on the roster bubble at each position entering training camp:

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  • A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929
    by Paul K. Conkin on March 16, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Agriculture is the most fundamental of all human activities. Today, those who till the soil or tend livestock feed a world population of approximately 6.5 billion. Fifty years ago, the planet could not have sustained such a large population, and according to present projections, farmers will have to feed nine billion people by 2050. The greatest agricultural revolution in history has occurred in the last fifty years , with farmers in the United States leading the way. America’s declining number of farms, however, comes as a surprise to many and may have dramatic implications. Paul K. Conkin’s A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929 charts the profound changes in farming that have occurred during his lifetime. Conkin’s personal experience growing up on a small Tennessee farm complements compelling statistical data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Using economic and historical analysis, Conkin assesses the skills, new technologies, and government policies that helped transform American farming. He clarifies the present status of a subsidized, large-scale, mechanized, and chemically supported agriculture, evaluates its environmental and human costs, and surveys alternatives to a troubled, widely challenged system. Paul K. Conkin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of numerous books, including The State of the Earth, The Southern Agrarians, and When All the Gods Trembled. “This important book explores a recent revolution in American history that substituted technology for people and animals in farming and greatly increased output. Paul Conkin tells this tale in his own way, drawing upon his personal involvement in the story as well as the relevant scholarship and the basic documents.” –Richard Kirkendall “This book is an accurate and straightfoward account of agriculture in America down through the years, spiced with the on-farm experiences of the author himself. All the important farm issues and views about them are discussed in a format that is handy and easy to read. Perfect for the new student of agriculture who needs a quick but detailed introduction to farming history in the United States”–Gene Logsdon “Conkin’s book certainly springs forward and can be read in a manner that encourages the reader to gain a comprehensive understanding of the topics addressed. What is more, his book is truly interesting to anyone interested in the history of farming or the history of rural America.”–North Florida News Daily “This book should be recommended reading for students and teachers of agriculture. Furthermore, those working in production agriculture will likely find the book very provocative.”–Choice “This cogent, thorough history should prove fascinating for anyone interested in the changing landscape of American agriculture.”–Publishers Weekly “Conkin has combined his skills as a historian with his considerable knowledge and passion for agriculture to write an in-depth account of the revolution in agricultural production that occurred after 1930. This book should be recommended reading for students and teachers of agriculture. Furthermore, those working in production agriculture will likely find the book very provocative. Highly recommended.”–Choice “As interesting as the personal tale is, however, what is even more useful is Conkin’s concise, carefully written discussion of the major changes in American agriculture since 1929.”–Journal of Illinois History “Conkin provides an original twist by narrating his own experiences of farm life as a youth in eastern Tennessee…he manages to personalize his tale without letting nostalgia blind his scholarly critical eye.”–Journal of American History “Historian Paul K. Conkin provides an interesting examination of the transformation that has occurred in American agriculture over the last eighty years.”–Kentucky Ancestors “This book provokes thought, and ideally it will provoke reflection and a study that addresses the social costs as well as the industrial gains made during the greatest industrial revolution in the history of the United States, the agricultural production revolution.”–Ohio Valley History “For a generation of students who know little about the agricultural past, Conkin’s book will provide an important and well-rounded overview.”–Agricultural History “An accurate and straightforward account of agriculture in America down through the years, spiced with the on-farm experiences of the author himself. Perfect for the new student of agriculture who needs a quick but detailed introduction to farming history in the United States.” –Gene Logsdon, author of The Mother of all Arts: Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse “Conkin cogently describes agricultural life with particular attention to changes wrought by the world beyond farmyard and fields . . . about lost American country life.”–Indiana Magazine of History “Conkin provides a masterful survey of the major agricultural legislation of the 1930s, noting that the long-term effect of these programs continues to invite curiosity. . . . a friendly, approachable work on agricultural history . . . a map to new ways of thinking about the past and planning for the future.”–Arkansas Historical Quarterly “Clearly written and organized, Conkin’s book will appeal to anyone interested in farming and the agricultural economy.”–Book News “Conkin’s latest book—or perhaps, as he predicts, his final book—is a thoughtful and elegantly written survey of American agriculture since the 1930s.”–Business History Review — Sarah Phillips “Revolution clarifies an immensely complex topic, not only changes in American agricultural practices and technologies, but also the politics of definition and the long term repercussions of what many might simply ignored as banal.”–Southeastern Librarian

  • Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story
    by R. Dale Reed et al. on April 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Most lifting bodies, or “flying bathtubs” as they were called, were so ugly only an engineer could love them, and yet, what an elegant way to keep wings from burning off in supersonic flight between earth and orbit. Working in their spare time (because they couldn’t initially get official permission), Dale Reed and his team of engineers demonstrated the potential of the design that led to the Space Shuttle. Wingless Flight takes us behind the scenes with just the right blend of technical information and fascinating detail (the crash of M2-F2 found new life as the opening credit for TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man”). The flying bathtub, itself, is finding new life as the proposed escape-pod for the Space Station. R. Dale Reed retired from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in 1985 but still works with NASA as a contract engineer. He has authored numerous articles and technical reports, managed nineteen NASA programs, including the flight test of a prototype Mars airplane, and acquired four patents. “An excellent study. . . . A particularly rewarding aspect of this book is the clarity of the description of the sequential testing which has made the United States the world leader in space.”—Air Power History “Reed carefully blends technical detail into this in-depth account of the entire NASA/USAF lifting-body program.”—Space Times “Presents an in-depth account of the entire NASA/Air Force lifting-body program written by the engineer who initiated it.”—Aviation History “Provides a human and insightful story of an unusual and very important aerospace technology that has shaped and will continue to shape our future in space.”—Technology and Culture

  • Expanding the Envelope: Flight Research at NACA and NASA
    by Michael H. Gorn on November 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Expanding the Envelope is the first book to explore the full panorama of flight research history, from the earliest attempts by such nineteenth century practitioners as England’s Sir George Cayley, who tested his kites and gliders by subjecting them to experimental flight, to the cutting-edge aeronautical research conducted by the NACA and NASA. Michael H. Gorn explores the vital human aspect of the history of flight research, including such well-known figures as James H. Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, and A. Scott Crossfield, as well as the less heralded engineers, pilots, and scientists who also had the “Right Stuff.” While the individuals in the cockpit often receive the lion’s share of the public’s attention, Expanding the Envelope shows flight research to be a collaborative engineering activity, one in which the pilot participates as just one of many team members. Here is more than a century of flight research, from well before the creation of NACA to its rapid transformation under NASA. Gorn gives a behind the scenes look at the development of groundbreaking vehicles such as the X-1, the D-558, and the X-15, which demonstrated manned flight at speeds up to Mach 6.7 and as high as the edge of space. Winner, 2004 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Michael H. Gorn, historian with the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, is the author of The Universal Man: Theodore von Karman’s Life in Aeronautics. “While NASA means space flight to the general public, this book well illustrates the sterling aeronautical work of the Flight Research Center.”—Air Power History “Well-written and beautifully researched, the in-depth study is a must-read for the flight test aficionado, aviation historian, and general enthusiast as well.”—Airpower “Gorn has written a valuable book about flight testing.”—Almanac of Seapower “Recommended for all readers curious about the development of government-funded US civilian flight research.”—Choice “A very solid and original work. It is extremely well researched, adding new information and perspective derived from hitherto unexamined or unappreciated archival sources. More specialized work in the history of NACA/NASA flight research will undoubtedly result from the influence of this book.”—James Hanson “A welcome revisiting of flight research at NASA.”—Public Historian “A terrific addition to the collection of NACA and NASA histories as well as to the literature of twentieth-century science and technology.”—Technology and Culture “A work of profound and original scholarship by a historian who is a master in his field. It is effectively organized, well-written, and moves deftly and smoothly in such a way as to cover an enormous amount of material. Gorn has chosen a very broad canvas and achieved a stunningly successful result. This is an excellent book.”—W. David Lewis “Captures it all—the Wright brothers, World War II, Chuck Yeager’s historic flight—all written in Gorn’s easy-to-read style. Expanding the Envelope will be a reference text for historians—and some real pleasure reading for aviation enthusiasts.”—William H. Dana

  • Pseudo-Science and Society in 19th-Century America
    by Arthur Wrobel on September 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Progressive nineteenth-century Americans believed firmly that human perfection could be achieved with the aid of modern science. To many, the science of that turbulent age appeared to offer bright new answers to life’s age-old questions. Such a climate, not surprisingly, fostered the growth of what we now view as “pseudo-sciences”—disciplines delicately balancing a dubious inductive methodology with moral and spiritual concerns, disseminated with a combination of aggressive entrepreneurship and sheer entertainment. Such “sciences” as mesmerism, spiritualism, homoeopathy, hydropathy, and phrenology were warmly received not only by the uninformed and credulous but also by the respectable and educated. Rationalistic, egalitarian, and utilitarian, they struck familiar and reassuring chords in American ears and gave credence to the message of reformers that health and happiness are accessible to all. As the contributors to this volume show, the diffusion and practice of these pseudo-sciences intertwined with all the major medical, cultural, religious, and philosophical revolutions in nineteenth-century America. Hydropathy and particularly homoeopathy, for example, enjoyed sufficient respectability for a time to challenge orthodox medicine. The claims of mesmerists and spiritualists appeared to offer hope for a new moral social order. Daring flights of pseudo-scientific thought even ventured into such areas as art and human sexuality. And all the pseudo-sciences resonated with the communitarian and women’s rights movements. This important exploration of the major nineteenth-century pseudo-sciences provides fresh perspectives on the American society of that era and on the history of the orthodox sciences, a number of which grew out of the fertile soil plowed by the pseudo-scientists. Arthur Wrobel is associate professor of American literature at the University of Kentucky and the editor of American Notes and Queries.

  • French Inventions of the Eighteenth Century
    by Shelby T. McCloy on September 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    The eighteenth century, age of France’s leadership in Western civilization, was also the most flourishing period of French inventive genius. Generally obscured by England’s great industrial development are the contributions France made in the invention of the balloon, paper-making machines, the steamboat, the semaphore telegraph, gas illumination, the silk loom, the threshing machine, the fountain pen, and even the common graphite pencil. Shelby T. McCloy believes that these and many other inventions which have greatly influenced technological progress made prerevolutionary France the rival, if not the leader, of England. In his book McCloy analyzes the factors that led to France’s inventive activity in the eighteenth century. He also advances reasons for France’s failure to profit from her inventive prowess at a time when England’s inventions were being put to immediate and practical use. Shelby T. McCloy, professor of history at the University of Kentucky, is the author of several books and articles on European history.