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Special Assignment (Vanishing Farmlands) #72310

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 24, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Traverse City, Michigan) Factors responsible for vanishing American farmlands and farmers' efforts to cope with problem examined; films shown. Govt.'s destruction of farm owned by John and Joe Gingue described as example [John GINGUE - notes amount lost.] [Former Agriculture Secretary Robert BERGLAND - expresses concern over situation.] Role of Trans. Department, Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department in destruction of farmland explained; details outlined on screen. [Agriculture Secretary John BLOCK - calls for planning.] Proposed executive order quoted on screen; impact of private home development on situation examined. [Connecticut resident Noreen HALINSKI and farmer Sam KOFFKOFF - debate the latter's farm.] Suit against Koffkoff by neighbors reported Efforts of farmers Joshua Wunsch and Bob Siegloff to prevent encroachment of hsing. developments on farmland described. [WUNSCH - hopes American public will wake up.]
REPORTER: George Strait

Robinson, Max;
Strait, George

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