The Farm Crisis is a 90-minute film produced by Iowa Public Television that examines the economic and personal disasters that afflicted the agriculture sector in the 1980s.
Sharp declines in agricultural supplies worldwide in the 1970s result in increased profits for producers, higher land values and low interest rates, all...
Farmers and others involved in agriculture quickly lose hope and find themselves in overwhelming debt.
Extensive land loans, high land prices, and low interest rates combine in the 1970s to build the short-lived agricultural boom.
Four different farm families each come to farming through different means. Each will is impacted by the 1980s farm crisis.
The farm crisis hit farm families hard and has a lasting impact on their future.
Communities face deep rifts because of the farm crisis, especially between farmers and their lenders.
Farmers and farm families struggle, often alone, as the farm crisis continues.
Rural community groups, clergy, and individuals support struggling farm families.
Breaking under the stress of losing their farms, some farmers turn to suicide while others turn their rage on others committing murder during the farm...