November 26, 2020

MaxYield 100 Years: Meeting held to urge flax acreage increase

flaxFrom the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper, January 21, 1943.

With World War II in full swing in 1943, the need for commodities to support the war effort was intense.

The purpose of this meeting in 1943, held at the West Bend Elevator Company, was to urge local farmers to grow more flax in support of the war.

The state of Iowa was asked to increase production by 28%.

Then, much like now, at the conclusion of the meeting…lunch was served.

Its important to remember that our ag history in Iowa wasn’t always just corn and soybeans. Production of flax and hemp during the war years was important in providing needed supplies for our troops fighting the way.

 

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