At 09:59 AM 09/25/1998 -0400, you wrote:
>Hello to all...
>Perhaps I missed it, but I have not yet read any discussion on SANET of
>the specific details of the the documentary
>"A farmers wife". I watched it on Wednesday night and thought it was very
>well done. It is rather amazing to me that the family would allow/be
>comfortable allowing the world to view, candid footage of
>experiences/interviews that were personally quite traumatic. I think the
>film portrayed the emotional struggle within this family very
>effectively... yet as I think about
>this families scenario, I am left wondering about several things...
>While the film constantly portrayed efforts to reduce the families living
>expenditures, I only recall one mention of efforts to reduce their farming
>operational costs (Darryl states that he needs to take over the equipment
>maintenance costs and be more selective in identifying immediate
>Darryl goes to counseling to help "sustain" his marriage, yet
>there is no mention of his trying to seek out more sustainable farming
>practices... I don't recall the film portraying Darryl talking to any
>other farmers other than his father....
>I recognize that the films producers were not producing the film for
>agronomists...(e.g they never even mentioned how many acres Darryl was
>farming) but the film left me wondering whether the focus on the families
>emotional struggle simply ignored Darryls efforts to farm more sustainably
>or... perhaps Darryl was not aware of the possibility of alternative more
>sustainable/profitable modifications to his farming system.
>Darryls farm was a mixed livestock/cash grain operation growing a variety
>of crops presumably in rotation... so perhaps his farming system is
>already more ecological than most... yet the film left me thinking... if
>only Darryl would avail himself
>of the activities of the Center for Rural affairs or other similar groups
>(I am not too familar with sustainabel ag resources in Nebraska), he might
>find a way to farm more profitably/sustainably...
>Any comments ?
>U of MD
Pam Murray, Coordinator
Center for Grassland Studies and
Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
PO Box 830949
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0949
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