farm crisis en The 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 The Farm Crisis 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 Summer Series: Disaster Recovery