Wisconsin Family Farm Photo 1941


Photo credit: Roger on Flickr.

Farming in Star Valley, Wisconsin (1941) – My cousin Dorothy supplied these four photos of my grandfather’s farm in Star Valley, Wisconsin, around 1941. Her sister Marjie is with a flock of turkeys. My grandfather was Elmer Rogers. Dorothy’s father, T. J. (Punk) Swiggum, had been the “hired man” on the farm in the late 1930s, His wife Pearl was my grandmother Olla’s niece. When my grandfather retired from farming in 1940 or 1941, the Swiggums rented the farm. Dorothy was about five years old, and her sister Marjie was very young.

(Note that Thursday is Luddite Photo Day at B.P.A.)

In the Bigger Picture….

11 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○

1 . U.S. bird experts mystified by Midwest avian flu spread.

by Tom Polansek for Reuters


2 . ‘Like it or not,’ newer farming machinery shuts down when its computers sense a problem.

by Cole Epley for Omaha.com


3 . Crop Subsidies Soar Under 2014 Farm Bill “Reforms”.

by Anne Weir for Environmental Working Group


4 . The Fate Of The World’s Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England.

by Ari Shapiro for NPR


5 . Rethink tolerable soil loss on your corn, soybean fields – Erosion may be hurting productivity more than you think.

by Jim Ruen for Corn & Soybean Digest


6 . Canadian report warns of perils of corporate farming.

from My Kawartha


7 . In India, machines now power 90% of farming, as humans’ share drops to 5%.

by TNN for Economic Times


8 . Positive outlook for the California dried plum industry, with prices bringing $2,600 per ton.

by Robyn Rominger for Western Farm Press


9 . Forget about cotton, we could be making textiles from banana, pineapple, and coconut.

by Rich McEachran for the Guardian


10 . Future farming to be based on robots and big data.

from Kurzweil News


11 . The 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report [PDF file]

from IFPRI


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