New efforts to help Minnesota farmers in crisis


REBLOG:  Please read Audrey’s post about farmers and their struggles.

Minnesota Prairie Roots

Tilling at sunset, Redwood County, Minnesota.

I WITNESSED THE DESPAIR first-hand. The overwhelming concern that can settle in when bad weather affects crops, prices drop and the bills pile high.

A well-kept, stately barn west of New Ulm, Minnesota.

Too many years I observed the struggles my dad faced as a farmer. Even as a kid I understood. But now, as an adult reflecting on my past, I understand even more. I observed the stress Dad faced in 1976 when a drought left him without enough feed for the livestock and necessitated purchasing a boxcar full of hay from Montana. I recall, too, the time he dumped milk down the drain, part of a National Farmers Organization protest over low milk prices. And then, when a tornado hit our farm, he had to make agonizing decisions about whether to rebuild.

A farm site in my native Redwood County, Minnesota, where…

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About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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5 Responses to New efforts to help Minnesota farmers in crisis

  1. Penny, thank you kindly for sharing this post. Together we writers can help through the power of our words.

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  2. Terribly sad for all the hard work that goes into farming. I have always felt for them because their crops really do rely on the weather conditions, and the weather hasn’t exactly been cooperative for many years.

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