Tractors on Parade

Planting a Movement, from the Heartland’s Farms to the Nation’s Capital

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🚜 TRACTORS ON PARADE 🚜 is a story of social and economic justice that doesn’t get told often enough. When thousands of farmers left their fields to flood DC with tractors in protest of low grain prices, they drove into rush hour, jammed the city and were corralled by police on the National Mall. There they stayed for a month while lobbying for help from Congress. Then when twenty inches of snow fell, they cleared the city, hauled doctors to work, pulled fire trucks out of the ditch, and convinced Americans how much they needed farmers.

This is a story of social and economic justice that doesn’t get told often enough. In 1979, thousands of farmers flooded DC with tractors in protest of low grain prices. They drove into rush hour, jammed the city and were corralled by police on the National Mall.

I grew up on a farm that raises wheat, corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum, or milo. This book is deeply personal, revealing itself in ways I haven’t understood until recently. Case in point: An acquaintance recently told me that in a 1977 “tractorcade” — aka, a tractor parade — he drove a grain truck that carried hay grown by my long-since-passed grandfather. I can’t wait to share this book of my heart with you.

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