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Family Farm Folklore

The "economic crisis" of the early 1980s rivaled the Great Depression of the 1930s in its impact on family farming. Its effects are still being felt today. Some farms that have been in families for a century or more have gone bankrupt; people who love working the land have been forced to move to towns or cities and work in factories or offices. In many rural areas, churches and schools have closed or merged with those in nearby towns because populations have become depleted. Some farmers complain they don't know their neighbors any more, as farmland is turned into housing developments or is bought up by large agribusinesses.

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