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The Crisis Impacts a Variety of Farmers (4) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Four different farm families each come to farming through different means. Each is impacted by the 1980s 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.

Read Good Books!: Egg Drop Challenge | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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KIDS Clubhouse Adventures kids read and discover more about inventions. They are inspired to invent a structure that will protect an egg from breaking when dropped. They choose the materials, work as a team and have a lot of fun!

Doctor Notable: "A World without Vowels" | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Doctor Notable brings music to the clubhouse with storylines of discovery and adventure! In “A World without Vowels” a mysterious character has stolen all the vowels from the alphabet, making it impossible to communicate. With subtitles added to this music video, kids get to sing along!

History of Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve | Iowa Land and Sky

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With 510 acres, Big Sand Mound is home to undisturbed prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands, and it has the highest concentration of threatened and endangered species in the state. Of more than 400 different plants at the site, 80 percent are native. The preserve is jointly owned by MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, with MidAmerican Energy owning 420 acres and Monsanto owning 90. Dr. Thomas Rosburg, professor of ecology and biology at Drake University, explains the geological history and unique biodiversity of the Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve in Muscatine, Iowa.

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.

Farming Today Still Impacted (21) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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Farming today is still impacted by the 1980s 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.

What Are Inventions? | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Abby Brown, KIDS Clubhouse Adventures co-host, loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby teaches kids about a few famous inventors, including Karl Benz, Thomas Edison and Lizzie Maggie.

Doctor Notable: "Pluto’s Plight" | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Doctor Notable brings music to the clubhouse with storylines of discovery and adventure! In “Pluto’s Plight” poor Pluto is stripped of his title of “planet,” but hope remains he might someday be a hero to the galaxy. With subtitles added to this music video, kids get to sing along!

Mussel Reproduction Process | Iowa Land and Sky

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There are many and varied mussels species in the state Mussels use a host a fish as part of their reproduction process Each mussel species uses a different host fish and because of that uses a different strategy to attract the host fish they use.

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.

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