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        Factors Leading to the Crisis: 1980s Farm Crisis | 6

        Changes in federal policy and international politics in the 1970s result in higher interest rates and increased agricultural commodity supply. These factors will help to usher in the farm crisis of the 1980s. This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

        Check out the entire Market to Market Collection. For supplemental activities visit Market to Market Classroom


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