New Podcast Compares 80s Farm Crisis to Now

Cindy Zimmerman

*Updated with audio*
AEI Premium, the online community for agricultural decision makers, has just launched a new podcast series that digs into one of the most infamous events in American agriculture history and how we can learn from it.

“Escaping 1980” explores the causes, impacts, and lasting effects of one of the most infamous events in American agriculture history, the 1980s farm crisis.

Hosted by rural journalist Sarah Mock, “Escaping 1980” features agricultural economists Brent Gloy and David Widmar as they travel back in time to answer an important question: is today’s fretful farm economy showing signs of another crisis ahead?

“The way we remember the ’80s informs the way we think about the farm economy today,” said AEI Premium co-founder and “Escaping 1980” co-host David Widmar. “But to figure out if today is as bad as the 1980s, we have to start by answering a different question… what, exactly, happened during the 1980s?”

Escaping 1980 is a great series for farmers, agribusiness leaders, farm policy wonks, and others who love history.

Episodes are available to stream now at along with additional reading about the topics discussed on the show. “Escaping 1980” is available on your favorite podcast platform.

AEI is exhibiting at the virtual NAFB Convention Trade Talk this week and David Widmar talks about the new podcast in this interview.
2020 NAFB interview with David Widmar, AEI (7:04)

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