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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Delores Swoboda
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Delores and Gene Swoboda have been farming in Renville County, just outside of Redwood Falls, since 1959. Besides working on the farm, Delores has been heavily involved in a variety of church and community activities. She also has been a volunteer in efforts to improve telephone service and to prevent environmental degradation in her rural area. Delores has served with the farm activist group Groundswell since 1983. Among her many positions, she has worked as a media contact, newsletter editor, grant writer, and steering committee member. She also has counseled numerous financially troubled farmers. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up. Swoboda family history. Farm and trailer court. First involvement with rural activism--telephone company issue. Working with MINNFAIR. Groundswell--early days; January 1st, 1985 demonstration; how it came into being; goals of National Farmers Organization; working with the state legislature; effectiveness of interest buy-down program; mediation process; right to first refusal; impact of legislative programs on farmers; foreclosure demonstrations; Paul Sobocinski's arrest; how farmers deal with their financial problems and the "conspiracy of silence"; helping farmers deal with their problems; women's support group and the difficulties for rural women; the rural crisis and the growth of social services; Bobbi Polzine leaving; current structure of; grants process; LaRouche organization; clothing center; toy project. Vertical integration; corporate farming; use of growth hormones with livestock; consumer reaction against pesticide usage; concern regarding pesticide use and the impact on the family farm; impact of interest rates on the family farmer; the farm crisis and vertical integration; farmers who lost their farms and what they're doing now; farming as satisfying work; farmers' attitude towards the extension service; 1989 legislation; improving understanding between rural and urban areas; effect of FmHA notices sent out this year; Minnesota's farm advocate system; long range goals of Groundswell; defining the family farm; renting vs. owning land; farming as a way of life.
Quantity 6 hours sound cassette
75 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 250 minutes length
Creation Narrator: Swoboda, Delores
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in Renville County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Renville County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/1989 - 05/1989
Narrator interviewed in January, March, and May of 1989.
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.2
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'