Can Never Say We Didn't Try: The National Farmers Organization in Lyon
County, Minnesota, 1962-1988
By Donata DeBruyckere
Part of the Historical Essay Series, this essay describes the difficulty
involved in starting the National Farmers Organization, both nationally
and locally, from the perspective of one of Lyon County's NFO organizers.
It discusses the feelings and risks involved with joining or not
joining the organization. It also details some powers the organization
had and some powers it still retains today.
The Historical Essay Series is edited by Dr. Joseph
Amato, former director of Rural Studies, with the assistance
of Donata DeBruyckere, Janice Louwagie, and Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski.
It is published by the Southwest Minnesota State University History
Department, the History Club, the History
Center, and the Rural Studies program. It is partially sponsored
and distributed by the Society for the Study of Local and Regional
History. Assisting with the publication are Southwest Minnesota
State University Word Processing Center and Duplicating Services.
Additional thanks for supporting go to the State University Q7 Initiative
Donata DeBruyckere is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University,
where she majored in history and political science and minored in
speech communication and rural studies. She and her husband were
active members of NFO for over 25 years.
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