Agricultural Depression, 1920–1934

Minnesota farmers enjoyed a period of prosperity in the 1910s that continued through World War I. Encouraged by the US government to increase production, farmers took out loans to buy more land and invest in new equipment. As war-torn countries recovered, the demand for US exports fell, and land values and prices for commodities dropped. Farmers found it hard to repay their loans—a situation worsened by the Great Depression and the drought years that followed.

Color image of Lake Wilson with grain elevator in background, 2016.

Lake Wilson

Lake Wilson with grain elevator in background, 2016.

Color image of a grain elevator in Dovray, 2016.

Grain elevator in Dovray

Grain elevator in Dovray, 2016.

Black and white photograph of Jacob DeMong Farm, Murray County, ca. 1910.

Jacob DeMong Farm, Murray County

Jacob DeMong Farm, Murray County, ca. 1910.

Color image of 4-H club member and her prize-winning steer at the Polk County Fair, 2015.

4-H club member and her prize-winning steer at the Polk County Fair

A 4-H club member shows off her prize-winning commercial steer at the Polk County Fair in Fertile, Minnesota, 2015. The steer was awarded a purple ribbon, which qualified it to advance to the competition at the Minnesota State Fair.

Color image of 4-H club member Alyssa Schwede at the West Polk County Fair with her hydroponic vegetable garden exhibit, 2015. The exhibit was awarded a purple ribbon.

Hydroponic vegetable garden exhibit

4-H club member Alyssa Schwede at the West Polk County Fair with her hydroponic vegetable garden exhibit, 2015. The exhibit was awarded a purple ribbon.

Map of 4H clubs in West Polk County published in the Crookston Daily Times, 1980.

Map of 4H clubs in West Polk County

Map of 4H clubs in West Polk County published in the Crookston Daily Times, 1980.

4-H beef record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1947.

4-H beef record kept by Glen Torkelson

4-H beef record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1947.

4-H family garden record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1945.

4-H family garden record kept by Glen Torkelson

4-H family garden record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1945.

Minnesota 4-H logo. The 4 Hs represent head, heart, hands, and health.

Minnesota 4-H logo

Minnesota 4-H logo. The 4 Hs represent head, heart, hands, and health.

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