Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Gerald Hagaman
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Hagaman grew up in Illinois and joined the state Farm Bureau in 1953 as a county organization director. He later served as executive secretary of a county farm bureau, as a district representative for sixteen counties, state director for young people's activities, and membership relations director for the Illinois Farm Bureau. He has also represented the American Farm Bureau Federation as area field services director in the Midwest region and as coordinator for the natural resources and environmental division. He has served as chief administrator-secretary of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies since 1978. Hagaman has been active in numerous church and civic groups and holds the Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. He presently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Minnesota Bible College in Rochester. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Information on the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Illinois and Minnesota Farm Bureau federations and their split with the federal extension service; environmental issues as related to agriculture, especially water-use claims on federal and private lands, water pollution, groundwater contamination, and wetlands; prevention of soil erosion; the public reaction to advertising and the role of the news media in reporting use of herbicides and pesticides; the need for education on food safety; farm economics including the 1980s farm crisis, subsidy programs, commodity prices, and world trade; low impact sustainable agriculture (LISA). Also discussed is family versus corporate farming and the effects of vertical integration on farming.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
17 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Hagaman, Gerald
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 11/22/1989
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 76
Accession Number AV1989.258.1
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'

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