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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