Jody L. Lamp & Melody Dobson, Co-Founders/Authors of the American Doorstop Project along with The History Press, present "A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living.“
One of Nebraska’s greatest assets is its caretakers’ ability to produce food in and on its nutrient, rich soils. With the advent of irrigation systems, Nebraska has become an even stronger agriculture-based state, contributing to the national and global economy today.
As we celebrate Nebraska’s statehood for years to come, we honor all who contributed to Nebraska’s agriculture advancement. This Nebraska agricultural history book is not all-inclusive of farming, ranching or the significant role Nebraskans have played in the success of technological and biological advancements in the past 150 years. But it is with utmost integrity and desire that we bring attention and recognition to what we refer to as the “SPICE” (spaces, places, inventions, commodities, events) and the people of the Cornhusker State who helped us to narrow and identify the stories that were selected for the pages of this book.
About the Author:
Jody Lamp’s career in agriculture journalism begins in Nebraska. Born and raised in near Minatare in Scotts Bluff County, Jody earned her bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in December 1993 and has minors in psychology, anthropology and history. She worked as a photographer for the Daily Nebraskan and as an agriculture writer for the Department of Ag Communications with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
After college, she was hired as the agricultural reporter and photographer for the Beatrice Daily Sun and later was recruited by Bader Rutter & Associates, the leading agricultural-based public relations and advertising agency in the United States. She moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and lived there for three years before moving to Montana, where she continued to work for the agency. In 2009, Jody opened Lamp Public Relations & Marketing and continues to maintain the office she started at Billings Livestock Commission. Jody and her husband, Mike, recently moved from Mitchell, Nebraska to Ashland. They are the proud parents of Mark and Jessie. In 2016, Jody was selected to join the Humanities Nebraska Speaker’s Bureau.
Jody began collaborating on local and national projects with Montana native Melody Dobson, and together the team created a strategic planning program called “Your One Powerful Voice,” designed to help businesses, organizations and individuals collaborate to create a credible resource of influence. Lamp and Dobson worked as the national strategic plan developers for the U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc. and as the national executive co-coordinators for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film— coordinating the strategic plans, fund development for production and public awareness—before launching the American Doorstop Project on July 1, 2015.
The American Doorstop Project is a joint-venture agriculture advocacy collaboration to identify, develop, preserve and promote local, regional and national stories that shaped the development of America Agriculture through the medium of books, articles, displays, signage, and the fine arts of video production.
Lamp and Dobson signed a multiple-book publishing agreement with The History Press to produce a series of agriculture history books, beginning with “A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living.” The American Doorstop Project has partnered with the Montana History Foundation, a 501(c)3 independent non-profit corporation, so that you, your business or organization can receive a tax-deductible benefit (to the extent allowed by the law) for contributions towards the American Doorstop Project.