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Ted Genoways, a Lincoln author, has been honored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies for his chronicling of the Hammond family farm in York County.

His book, "This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm," has earned Genoways the 2018 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.

The Stubbendieck prize celebrates the most outstanding work about the Great Plains during the past year. Along with a $10,000 cash prize, winners are invited to UNL to present a lecture on the book's topic.

Genoways is a contributing editor at Mother Jones, The New Republic and Pacific Standard. His last book, “The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food,” was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Writing and Literature.

"Farming is a risky business" in which farmers make high-stakes decisions, said UNL professor David Loope, who chaired the book prize committee. “We all would benefit if taxpayers and voters (especially those far removed from York County, Nebraska) read this insightful, well-crafted book.”

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