SEGMENT: GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, FARM BUSINESS, & CROPS
Bill Clausen>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 6
- Farm was 160 acres after WWII, expanded. Uncle worked with Clausen & his father too.
- Health problems, expensive, doctor said it was stress, lost some weight. Health came back around.
- GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
- Clausen assessing financial viability of the farm in the future. Discussing government programs, complicated.
- In 1940s to 1950s, farmers in DeKalb raised corn, wheat, etc., had cattle, chickens, etc. Today mainly corn and soybeans, due to the government programs.
- FARM BUSINESS
- Discussing cattle on the farm, finances, but raising and maintaining livestock is less financially viable. Don't need to raise hay if no cattle or horses are on the farm. Little hay, oats grown in general due to the government programs. Now it's corn & grain, since the 1970s. World markets were then able to buy grain.