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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Jim Schewe
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Schewe grew up in rural areas near Sleepy Eye and Redwood Falls, Minnesota. The son of a dairy farmer, he worked on his father's farm through high school and until drafted into the armed services following his eighteenth birthday; he spent a fifteen month tour of duty in Germany. After his discharge, Schewe was married and for ten years was employed as a truck and tractor mechanic. He and his wife, Marcy, then purchased their present farm in Renville County, where together they manage a combined farming and dairy operation. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Information on procedures for obtaining loans from the Farm Security program, the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA), and private banks; the difficulties in starting a family farm; the importance of accurate record-keeping and the use of computerized records; working with the Farm Security Board and the mediation process; the importance of diversified farming; dairy cattle and hogs; discussion of farm-family life, responsibilities, schedules, restrictions, and children's school activities; rural neighborliness; survival of small-town businesses; groundwater and use of pesticides; and the impact of government regulations on farming. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Marcy Schewe offers several comments during the interview.
2 hours sound cassette
29 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
80 minutes length
Interviewee: Schewe, Jim
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in: Renville County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 76 (Library Call Number)
AV1988.167.11 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'