SEGMENT: CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT & FARM ORGANIZATIONS

Harold Steele>LPL Interviews N-Z>LPL Interviews K-Z, Segment 11

SEGMENT: CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT & FARM ORGANIZATIONS,

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CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT
From hand corn sower to 36-row planter. Now GPS. It could end with only four farms in Illinois, or one farm having 350,000 acres. Puts farms into hands of corporations. Hog operations are a catastrophe, grain will be too. Farmers go from management to labor. Monopolies forming even with the Constitution. Why? Bad, bad. Speech on bad changes about industrialization. Spread into pulpit, academia.
FARM ORGANIZATIONS
In the 1950s he was asked to be a rep on the county farm bureau. Served on the board and became county president until 1970. Vacancy at state level for vice-president. Asked son's advice. Elected 1970. In December, Charlie Schumann resigned from national farm bureau presidency. Nominated Bill Kufus. Steele was named president of state Farm Bureau. Meant full time job, so son had to take over the farm.