The Farm Crisis
Documentary

Explore why the farm crisis of the 1980s happened, meet the farm families who struggled and the men and women who fought so long and so loyally to help them, and examine how agriculture changed as a result of the crisis.

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The 1980s farm crisis impacts farmers, families, and communities throughout the country.

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Many lessons are learned from the farm crisis of the 1980s, while those lessons not learned leave open the possibilities of those events repeating.

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Advocacy groups lead protests and events to support farmers and draw attention to the farm crisis.

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Four different farm families each come to farming through different means. Each will is impacted by the 1980s farm crisis.

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The 1980s farm crisis has a variety of causes, domestically and internationally.

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The farm crisis affects more than farmers as it spreads to small town communities, rural businesses, and even cities where agricultural machinery plants...

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Farmers' problems increase during the late 1970s and through the 1980s as interest rates continue to skyrocket and land prices plummet.

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Farming today is still impacted by the 1980s farm crisis.

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Sharp declines in agricultural supplies worldwide in the 1970s result in increased profits for producers.

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Farmers, politicians, and activists rally around the farm crisis.

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Politicians and policymakers debate the causes and solutions for the farm crisis.

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Breaking under the stress of losing their farms, some farmers turn to suicide while others turn their rage on others committing murder during the farm...

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Farmers and farm families struggle, often alone, as the farm crisis continues.

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New agricultural policy is developed and existing policy changed during the 1980s in reaction to the farm crisis.

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Rural community groups, clergy, and individuals support struggling farm families.

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Communities face deep rifts because of the farm crisis, especially between farmers and their lenders.

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Agriculture is changed as a result of the farm crisis and has became what it is today.

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Changes in federal policy and international politics in the 1970s result in higher interest rates, increased agricultural commodity supply, and usher...

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Farmers and their families are forever changed as a result of the farm crisis.

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Farmers and others involved in agriculture quickly lose hope and find themselves in overwhelming debt.

About the Show

Explore why the farm crisis of the 1980s happened, meet the farm families who struggled and the men and women who fought so long and so loyally to help them, and examine how agriculture changed as a result of the crisis.