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The State of Agriculture in Louisiana (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-04-16

Duration: 00:27:22

Subjects: Economy | Agriculture | FARMERS | Droughts | Food prices | INTEREST RATES | Recessions


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Bryan, Bill Photographer
  • Parker, Gene Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • Blome, Ron Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Odom, Bob Interviewee
  • St. Clergy, Clyde Interviewee
  • Strebeck, Clayton Interviewee
  • Hoyt, Jerry Interviewee
  • Arnold, Norman Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 16, 1982, features a special report on the state of agriculture in Louisiana.  This report focuses on the economic difficulties facing farmers in Louisiana due to a two-year drought, low crop yields, depressed food prices and high interest rates on farm equipment.  It also touches on the growing concerns over the increased number of farm failures, which could reach the highest level since the Great Depression.  It includes an interview with Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Odom. Hosts: Beth George and Ron Blome