American Gothic is a survey of current issues and challenges facing Iowa farmers as they enter a new decade. It seems as though they are often underappreciated and that their role in Midwest life has been taken for granted. Iowa is still a farm state and although economic diversification is a positive development, we can not overlook the continued role that agriculture plays in our economic and social environment. This essay strives to paint a more balanced view of the practices and realities facing the farmer today. Like the market price of their products and the weather conditions in any given growing season, today’s producers face many criticisms and challenges which are beyond their control.