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Farms and public health: Does size matter?



In 1977, a local farmer by the name of TJ Gilles published a history of Montana agriculture. Tracing a narrative for the agrarian lifestyle in his home state, Gilles balances a hopeful outlook with fear. He believes in the resilience of the agricultural livelihoods, but all around him – farmers have been disappearing. From the 1950s to the publication of his book When Tillage Began in 1977, the number of Montana farms dropped by half. With a shade of dryness, he wrote: “While the US Department of Agriculture tells us that farming is strictly business, not a way of life, the fact remains that even the most prosperous agriculturalist could probably make more money were his talents applied to another

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