Zachary Michael Jack

Zachary Michael Jack is an award-winning author of many books on agriculture, conservation and the environment, and editor of the 60th anniversary edition of Walter Thomas Jack’s The Furrow and Us. His most recent books on the region are The Haunt of HomeA Journey Through America’s Heartland and Country ViewsEssential Agrarian Commentaries. He is a professor of English at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and a fourth-generation Iowa farmer’s son.



Squaring Away Generational Differences on the Plow

The great-grandson of Walter T. Jack provides a personal yet conflicted history on the famed debate that defended and condemned the plow.

Not as well-known to no-tillers as Plowman’s Folly and its heralded author/champion Edward H. Faulkner was the responding book that contradicted it. Iowa’s Walter T. Jack boldly defended the moldboard plow against Faulkner in The Furrow and Us, released in 1946, with prose every bit as powerful as that of his nemesis.

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