farm crisis http://iowapublicradio.org en Farm Workers Far More Likely to Die of Suicide, Why? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-workers-far-more-likely-die-suicide-why <p>In January of 2011 when Ginnie Peters retired from the Perry Public Library, she was looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Matt, but she never really got the chance. He<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;died of suicide in May of that year.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;">“One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone," she says.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two farmed 1500 acres between Perry and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Panora</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Iowa for most of their lives.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Peters blames the stress of planning for the future of her husband’s century farm for what happened.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">“One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone."</span></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:06:20 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 42294 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Workers Far More Likely to Die of Suicide, Why? The Farm Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-crisis <p>The farm crisis of the 1980s meant high interest rates; it’s estimated that farmland values dropped nearly 60 percent in some areas of the Midwest during the early '80s.&nbsp; But it was not just an economic disaster. &nbsp;A new documentary also tries to capture the personal stories. Guest host Ben Stanton talks with the producer of "The Farm Crisis"&nbsp;Laurel Bower Burgmaier. &nbsp;Later in the show is an update to the flood-related weather outlook for Iowa, and hear about NPR's programing changes now in effect and how they will affect Iowa Public Radio.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:05:16 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 23189 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Farm Crisis Summer Series: Disaster Recovery http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-series-disaster-recovery <p>A tornado devastated Parkersburg in 2008, fire gutted Grinnell in 1889, and in the 1980s Bell Plaine was laid low by the farm crisis. When disaster strikes, the repercussions can be felt for decades to come. We continue our series on Iowa towns, with communities that have been shaped by disaster.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:21:38 +0000 Charity Nebbe 4815 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Series: Disaster Recovery