Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Tom Booker
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Booker grew up on a farm in central Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana with a degree in general agriculture in 1958, and in 1970 completed a masters program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, majoring in agricultural research and development. He served in the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a student at Urbana and later joined the National Guard. Following his graduation from Urbana, he was employed as assistant farm advisor for Macon County, Illinois. Three years later, Booker joined a resource development pilot program for Polaski and Alexander counties in southern Illinois. Upon completion of his masters in 1970, he became an area advisor for research and development programs for the Illinois extension service. In l980, he moved to Alexandria, Minnesota, and a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1984, he accepted his present position as county extension agent for Renville County. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The 4 H program and its social and educational influences. Extension programs in Illinois, including Macon, Polaski, and Alexander counties. A discussion of the Farm Bureau's organization, funding, and its link with the extension service in both Illinois and Minnesota; the education program of the extension service in Minnesota, including the "cluster of counties" concept; the importance of farm management and marketing; farm economy; the family farm and the "corporate" farm; use of computers by farmers to keep current on grain and livestock market prices, futures and option prices; the economy of Renville County in 1988 89 and the effect of the 1988 drought; the present and future use of herbicides and pesticides and their effect on groundwater contamination in Renville County.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
16 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Booker, Tom
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in Olivia, Renville County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Olivia, Renville County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 03/09/1989
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.4
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'

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