February 27, 1978 - The Reverend Dr. David Preus, national president of the American Lutheran Church, talks with MPR's John Ydstie during a visit to the Fargo-Moorhead area. Preus expresses his concern with the plight of American farmers, and states there should be a national commitment to preserving small farm communities. The high voltage power lines issue and ethical problems in society are also broached.
December 14, 1978 - MPR's John Ydstie, of KCCM in Moorhead, and Dan Olson talk with representatives from American Agriculture Movement. Interviews are with Elmo Olson, North Dakota State coordinator; Tom Benson from Appleton, Minnesota; and Minnesota farmer Duane Carlstrom. In 1977, the American Agriculture Movement, a new organization that had originated in the wheat growing areas of Colorado, was spreading across the country organizing tractorcades, cattle blockades at the Canadian and Mexican borders, and other farmer demonstrations to protest the low price for farm products. The American Agriculture members finally took their demonstrations to Washington to make their point to the President, the Congress, and the Secretary of Agriculture.
February 14, 1979 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland speaking before a Farm Forum in Minneapolis. Bergland commented on the domestic farm situation. Speech was followed by a question and answer with audience members.
February 28, 1979 - MPR’s Dan Olson interviews Willis Anthony, University of Minnesota agricultural economist, who discusses farming, its future, problems and solutions. MPR’s John Ydstie talks about planting. Program also includes report from MPR’s Jennifer O'Neil on set-aside program.
April 30, 1979 - Sister Thomas More, professor of history at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, speaking on the history of women in agriculture.
May 17, 1979 - Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl speaking at the first Farm Women's Forum, in Rochester. The subject of address was on farmers, farmers wives and farm ownership. Speech was titled "The Farm Woman an Equal Partner: Legislation Affecting Farm Women."
May 19, 1979 - On this special regional public affairs program, MPR’s Dale Connelly interviews Dave Durenberger, Independent-Republican senator of Minnesota. Topics include energy, foreign policy, agriculture, and other issues. Durenberger also answers listener questions.
May 24, 1979 - MPR’s Dan Olson interviews Al Johnson, director of Minnesota Energy Agency, who discusses the subject of energy future in Minnesota. Topics include stoppage of diesel fuel delivery to state, and gas conservation. Johnson also answers listener questions.
July 23, 1979 - Mark Seetin, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner, discusses the state of agriculture in Minnesota. Topics include economic health, end of drought, gasohol, beef prices, and American Agriculture Movement. Seetin also answers listener and reporter questions.
July 27, 1979 - Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers, speaking at College of Saint Teresa’s Institute on Justice. The theme was “Attaining Justice Through Compassionate Leadership." Chavez, of La Paz, Keene, Calif., has been the president of the United Farm Workers (UFW) since it began 17 years ago. The UFW first gained national attention when it successfully challenged California table grape growers with a five-year nationwide boycott of table grapes that ended in 1970. The UFW is the first agricultural workers union successfully organized in the United States.