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John Steingard: "We kind of left irrigation for a while when in '48 and '49 it rained so much that the wells weren't necessary… We got together and started building some equipment to put up some government bins. The government went into the storage business, so they put up a lot of grain bins and Quonsets.
   Gordon Schmidt: "Yeah, really what the government wanted was a reserve of grain, so that they would always be able to serve the people. They did that for the future benefit of the country so that there would always be plenty of food. One of the principals of the government is cheap food in this country. And we have it. I don't know if it started at that time, but at least that was the start of the preservation of food. Then of course it developed into different programs later."

Schmidt & Steingard – Grain Bins

   

Other Excerpts from Gordon Schmidt & John Steingard's Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Conscientiouis Objectors
Postwar Fertilizer Use
Miracle of Irrigation
Homemade Drilling Rigs
Leveling the Land
Plaster Lathe Boxes
Digging Irrigation Wells by Hand
Water Pollution