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"I think they [the 80s] were challenging times. As in many decades of agriculture, we see storm clouds on the horizon. So, there would be an occasional good year, and then obviously concerns about whether or not international markets were going to be stable, whether or not demand from the livestock sector was going to continue to be stable. Costs continue to go up, as they do every year, it seems like. And the value of the commodity tends to be volatile, typically moving downward. We started to see very serious concerns, of course, about farmers who simply could not make the economics living on the farm work. We saw more people taking a full-time job in town. We saw them, in effect, supporting their farming "hobby" which was not a productive and efficient way to live on the farm. And yet, it was a necessity at the time. We saw a lot of farmers move off the farm. We saw consolidation. We saw a move toward Initiative 300 [prohibiting corporate ownership of farms in Nebraska] because of concerns about corporate ownership of farming in the decade of the 80s. And I think those sort of fundamentals that we saw in the 70s and 80s really were things that were life-changing challenges for many who lived on the farm and many who live in rural communities at the time."

Todd Sneller – Bust of the 80s

   

Excerpts from Todd Sneller’s Interview:

Afghan Boycott & Ethanol
New Economic Development
Ethanol in Brazil
Alternative Ethanol Sources
Biofuel Obstacles
Environmental Laws & Agriculture
Mining Water