Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Donald Drescher
|Description||BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Drescher grew up on a farm near Albert Lea, Minnesota. He participated in Future Farmers of America, serving as president of the Albert Lea chapter for two years, and participated in 4 H. After graduating from high school and serving in the army during the Korean War, he started working on the family farm. Drescher has a crop and hog farm which he runs with his wife and one of his sons. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Background. Hog and crop farming. How the local community has changed over the years. The future for the Albert Lea area. How the farm is run. The farm crisis and how it affected the area. Education in agricultural techniques and marketing. Impact of the drought of 1988 on the area. The lack of understanding as to what farmers do and how agriculture fits into the economy on a local and national level. Defining the family farm. The problems with corporate farming. Farming as a way of life and as a business.
|Quantity||1 hour sound cassette
12 pages transcript
1 hour videocassette
|Format||Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: moving images
Content Category: text
|Measurements||35 minutes length
|Creation||Narrator: Drescher, Donald
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
|Dates||Creation: 04/18/1989 - 06/06/1989
Audio interview was 4/18/1989 and video interview was 6/6/1989.
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
|ID Number||OH 76|
|More Info||MHS Library Catalog