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American Small Farm, a nationally published farm magazine founded in 1992 by Magnet Communications and purchased in 2000 by Andy Stevens and Marti Smith has been acquired by Back 40 Group, Incorporated of Hartshorn, Missouri and will expand from 10 issues to 11 per year. The name of the publication is also broadening to “American Small Farm & Country Life” to indicate a wider focus on subjects of interest to all rural residents. Additionally, the magazine's average number of pages will increase from 24 pages to 50 – 60 per issue.
Herman Beck, Chief Executive Officer for Back 40 Group, states that Paul Berg, formerly the Editor of Small Farm Today magazine has been hired to head up the division and Rebecca DeCourley will serve as the magazine's Art Director. The magazine will be a fully optimized web-based publication and will be accessible via PC, Mac, Kindle, I-Pad and Nook. A demo version of the publication can be viewed on-line here. Live links will allow readers to access web resources such as a monthly calendar of events and access to advertisers web sites. American Small Farm & Country Life will be the first farm magazine in America to be exclusively a web-based publication. The first issue is scheduled for August 20, 2012 publication.
In addition to the magazine, all trademarks, back issues and editorial content for the past ten years is included and ALL articles will be archived for use by current subscribers and also available for purchase and download by non-subscribers as well. American Small Farm & Country Life will also continue to co-sponsor the Center for Small Farms exhibit area at the Ohio Farm Science Review held each year near Columbus, Ohio.
The Review, held every year since 1962, welcomes over 500,000 visitors over three days and will run this year from September 20 – 22nd. Back 40 Group divisions have been actively involved in the show since 2006. The trade show area will continue to be anchored by the Back 40 Books & Music Store and Back 40's Pleasant Valley Productions Division will continue to provide sound re-enforcement and video taping services to extension presenters. The completed videos will continue to be marketed by Pleasant Valley Productions through a continuing agreement with The Ohio State University. All presentations will be available as instant downloads via computer or on HD DVD.
Back 40 Group is a vertically-integrated technology firm founded in 2005 and owned by over 60 investors. Divisions include KWBC.FM Internet Country Radio; web stores Back 40 Books.com and Back 40 Internet Innovators.com; a free web forum for country folks, Back 40 Forums.com; and a media production division known as Pleasant Valley Productions. The company can be reached at 573.858.3244 or via e-mail at
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There is a full sample issue available here.
The cover price for American Small Farm & Country Life is $4.95 per issue - buy now.
A one-year, on-line Magazine Subscription (11 issues) is $32.50. Subscribers in good standing may print out each complete issue or any part thereof at no additional charge.
BEST BUY! Full-Access Members receive the online version of the monthly issue plus a full year of access to American Small Farm & Country Life's archives, which include every article published from 2001 to the present. That's more than 1,000 articles, and growing every month. The archive is searchable, which makes it easy to research topics as needed and print only the articles of interest. $89 per year.
A 2 Year Subscription is $60.00; A Full Access subscription for 2 years is $120.00 -buy now
A 3 Year Subscription is $85.00; A Full Access subscription for 3 years is $145.00 - buy now
Back issues from 2001 - 2011 in PDF Format are available for $4.95 each - buy now
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR AMERICAN SMALL FARM'S PRINT SUBSCRIBERS:
As a courtesy to former American Small Farm subscribers Back 40 Internet Innovators will honor un-fulfilled print subscriptions from the previous publisher (Farm & Ranch Living llc.) on the basis of the number of issues remaining after the December 2010 issue. ALL subscriptions will be for the digital edition. No paper copies are available. Remember, the NEW American Small Farm and Country Living is a MONTHLY publication (eleven issues per year, the June/July issue is combined). The predecessor magazine was published bi-monthly. Therefore, if one year was remaining on a print subscription you will receive on-line access to six digital issues at no charge. We will be sending information to former subscribers by postcard to advise you on the status of your subscription. Back 40 Group is under no legal obligation to honor past subscriptions, this is being done as a courtesy. For additional information please e-mail
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American Small Farm & Country Life
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