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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Ralph McCaffery
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: McCaffery grew up in Doesman, Wisconsin, on his parent's dairy farm. After attending the University of Wisconsin and serving in the armed services, he worked for the Production Credit Association. He began working for the American State Bank in 1977. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Background. The bank involvement in agricultural loans; how banking has changed since he first arrived; impact of the farm crisis; impact of new state laws; procedures of loan applications; effect of 1988 drought. Effect of 1988 drought on farmers. How the community of Olivia has changed. Appreciation in value of farmland. Economic impact on Olivia due to the larger communities of Willmar and Hutchinson. Definitions of family farming, and its viability. Younger farmers vs. older farmers.
1 hour sound cassette
6 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
20 minutes length
Interviewee: McCaffery, Ralph
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in: Olivia, Renville County, Minnesota, United States
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OH 76 (Library Call Number)
AV1988.167.12 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'