August 19, 1999 — Governor Jesse Ventura's speech on the states role in dealing with the farm crisis at the Minnesota Rural Summit in Duluth last week. Plus reaction from Marcie Mclaughlin, Director of Minnesota Rural Partners and Representative Tim Finseth, chair of the Agricultural Policy committee in the house
August 17, 1999 — Second District congressman David Minge and U of M Economist C. Ford Runge discuss proposals to help Minnesota farmers deal with their economic problems.
August 5, 1999 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast of Minnesota Citizens Forum, live from FarmFest in Redwood Falls. Tom Rothman hosts a discussion of the importance of a strong rural economy to Minnesota. Particpants of forum include Willis Anthony, Nicollet County farmer; Marcie McLaughlin, Minnesota Rural Partners; and Erlin Weness, U of M Farm Management Specialist.
September 22, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from Sioux Falls. Program highlights the farm crisis, and the low crop prices. Mark Steil interviews Stan Stevens, University of Minnesota Extension Economist, who shares insights on the factors playing into low prices, including weather and production risk. Stevens also answers listener questions. Program also presents recorded commentary from farmers at rally.
September 7, 1998 — Deb Brown, University of Minnesota Extension Horticulturist, visits MPR’s Gary Eichten at the state fairgrounds. Brown discusses lawns, gardens and answers questions from the fair audience.
June 9, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast on what's being called the "New Midwestern Farm Crisis." Program begins with reports on farming issues, including insurance, scab plant disease, and government program, global markets, and Freedom to Farm Act. Followed with a discussion with Wally Sparby, Director of the Farm Service Agency. Sparby also answers listener questions.
May 19, 1998 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from the small community of Comfrey, Minnesota. Mark Steil takes a closer look at new laws governing the regulation of feedlots in Minnesota, laws which give more control over feedlots to local governments. Steil talks with State legislators, Steve Dille and Gary Kubly.
July 13, 1990 — Mikhail Gorbachev, president of the Soviet Union, speaking with leaders in business and agriculture at the Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis. Following speech, Gorbachev answered audience questions. (Gorbachev’s speech and answers were translated) Dwayne Andreas, CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Company, chaired the meeting and introduced President Gorbachev. The meeting at the Radisson Hotel was part of Gorbachev’s one-day visit to the Twin Cities on June 3rd.
December 27, 1989 — A Mainstreet Radio special from southwestern Minnesota town of Madison. MPR’s John Biewen presents a documentary entitled, "We're Not Dying," which highlights how the town survived the 1980’s farm crisis. Across the farm belt, the 1980s were the most difficult decade in a half-century. One farm in ten went out of business in the decade. Farming towns suffered as well, losing population, schools, and businesses. Madison was no exception to those challenges. Program includes various interviews of residents, who share their memories on the upheavals of crisis and thoughts on their uncertain future.
December 30, 1988 — Wes Jackson, co-director of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, speaking at Mankato State University. Jackson’s address was on the topic “The Problem of Agriculture vs Problems in Agriculture: Life in a Fallen World.” Jackson is author of "New Roots for Agriculture" and editor of "Man and the Environment" and "Meeting the Expectations of the Land". In his writing, Jackson has called for "an agriculture that will not destroy human or biological communities, that will minimize soil erosion and reliance on chemicals and fossil fuels, that will preserve the information contained in the genetic codes of plants and animals now threatened with extinction."