Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Roland Abraham
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Abraham grew up on a farm in Renville County. His active participation in the 4-H Club led him to his first job as an office assistant to the county agricultural agent. Abraham then went on to attend the University of Minnesota and received his degree in animal science and agricultural education. Following his undergraduate education, he began working as an agricultural agent. In 1951, he went on to earn a master's degree in public administration. After completing his degree, he was named district supervisor in the St. Paul office of the extension service. In 1954, he became the assistant director of extension and in 1962, he was chosen as its associate director. Abraham completed his Ph.D. in extension administration from the University of Wisconsin in 1963. He was appointed director of extension in 1968. Abraham retired in 1979. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family background in farming and extension involvement. Working as office assistant for county agent. Comparison of agricultural teaching practices at the high school and college level. The evolution of the agricultural extension service--soil conservation; emergency federal farm programs; educational programs--research; farm policy; evolution of programs oriented towards homemakers; youth programs. The changes in perception and image of the extension service. Relationship of universities and agricultural colleges with the farmer. The extension service's ability to adapt to new technology and research information. Farm crisis--theory as to why the recent crisis occurred and why it ended; background of agricultural crisis. Family farming--what is it; can it survive; corporate farming. Extension service programs--most significant; least successful programs. Funding of extension service. Key strengths of extension service.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
22 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 105 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Abraham, Roland
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: 10/05/1988
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.1
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'

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