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The Crisis Divides Rural Communities (14) | Farm Crisis

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Rural communities face deep rifts because of the farm crisis, especially between farmers and their lenders. This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

The 1970s See Good Times in Agriculture (3) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Sharp declines in agricultural supplies worldwide in the 1970s result in increased profits for producers, higher land values and low interest rates, all of which set the stage for the farm crisis of the 1980s. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Causes (2) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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The 1980s farm crisis has a variety of causes, domestically and internationally. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Factors Leading to the Crisis (6) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Changes in federal policy and international politics in the 1970s result in higher interest rates and increased agricultural commodity supply. These factors will help to usher in the farm crisis of the 1980s. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

A Lasting Impact (15) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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The farm crisis hit farm families hard and has a lasting impact on the future of commercial farming in America. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Farmers Lose Hope (8) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Farmers and others involved in agriculture quickly lose hope and find themselves in overwhelming debt. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Farmers' Debts Increase (7) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Farmers problems increase during the late 1970s and through the 1980s as interest rates continue to skyrocket, land prices plummet, and farmers find themselves over-leveraged. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Debating Farm Crisis Causes and Solutions (9) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Politicians and policymakers debate the causes and solutions for the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Federal Policy Changes (17) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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New agricultural policy is developed and existing policy changed during the 1980s in reaction to the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Impact on Rural Communities (16) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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The farm crisis affects more than farmers as it spreads to small town communities, rural businesses, and even cities where agricultural machinery plants are located. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Activism (10) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Farmers, politicians, and activists rally around the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Agriculture Changes as a Result of the Crisis (18) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Commercial agriculture is changed as a result of the farm crisis. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Rural Advocacy Groups (12) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Rural advocacy groups lead protests and events to support farmers and draw attention to the farm crisis during the 1980's. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Overview (1) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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The 1980s farm crisis impacts farmers, families, and communities throughout the country. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

Short-Lived Agriculture Boom Leads to the Crisis (5) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Extensive land loans, high land prices, and low interest rates combine in the 1970s to build the short-lived agricultural boom. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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