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Minnesota Farm Advocate Oral History Project: Interview with Don and Jan Boll
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: The Bolls first came into contact with the Minnesota Farm Advocate Program in 1984 through financial problems on their own farm. Jan became an Advocate that same year and continues as such. Don joined the program later, working with Jan under a single Advocate contract. They are still having financial difficulties. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The Bolls describe both positive and negative aspects of serving as Advocates. They enjoy helping other farmers with financial problems and find that the experience they gain helps them better manage their own farm. They feel that they can only really help farmers who are willing to change and who are finally able to take over their own paper work and planning. But there have been very few positive financial outcomes among their clients. Many farmers are discouraged. Some of their own clients have talked of or attempted suicide. They ascribe a great deal of blame for the financial state of family farms to governmental agencies (such as the FmHA and Farm Credit Services). Such agencies often refuse to assist farmers without regard for the merit of their individual financial proposals, or even refuse to decide whether or not to provide such assistance. Also, big corporations are moving in and abusing farm programs. The Bolls also describe problems within the Advocate Program itself, some structural and some personal.
1.5 hours sound cassette
67 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Interviewee: Boll, Don
Interviewee: Boll, Mrs. Jan
Interviewer: Hunter, Dianna
Interviewer: Meter, Ken
Made in: Gully, Polk County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 37 (Library Call Number)
AV1991.158.2 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Advocate Oral History Project'