The Keeney Place: A Life in the Heartland

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 Through a nostalgic reflection of his Iowa farm upbringing, Professor Keeney takes the reader through his personal and professional journey of understanding the true meaning of agricultural change. Despite earning some of the highest honors bestowed by his profession, Dr. Keeney became increasingly disillusioned with industrial agriculture. Through his leadership at Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, he regained his confidence in the future of a sustainable agricultural system that will replace today’s factory farms.

Dennis R. Keeney was the first Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. He is past president of the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, and is a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.



“This slim volume grabs you from the beginning. Dr. Keeney presents us with an acute analysis of the transformation of agriculture as well as a moving memoir.”  — Cornelia Butler Flora, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University

The Keeney Place: A Life in the Heartland is a wonderful story of how a farm boy from Iowa, formed by a great idea, can give us a better world.”— Paul W. Johnson, from the Foreword 

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