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December 12, 2007

Farm Crisis Hotline

This week, the Senate began voting on amendments to the Food and Energy Security Act of 2007, otherwise known as The Farm Bill. The massive legislation will fund everything from small farmers to food stamps and school snack programs.

Arlie Sholes remembers when the battle between farmers and the government over resources came to a boil. During the Midwest Farming Crisis of the 1980s, he was forced to sell everything and get another job. Arlie's day job led him back to the farm, but this time as a Rural Farm Crisis Hotline Responder. He talks with Dick Gordon about how his own experiences as a farmer prepared him to help other farmers who were going through a tough time. All these years later, he's still answering the phone.



Tom Harrison loves helping people find their way in the wilderness. Since 1986, he's worked as an independent cartographer mapping parks, forests, and wilderness areas in California. And he still does it the old-fashioned way: by hitting the trails.

Tom started out as a California State Park Ranger, but his early success selling hand-drawn, color maps of Angel Island convinced him he could make maps full-time. Tom tells Dick about the times he has gotten lost, and found his way back, and why a good map allows people to visualize their dreams.

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