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Neil Harl, Iowa State professor who fought for farmers, dies at 88

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Neil Harl, an Iowa State University agricultural legislation and economics professor who pushed for chapter reforms in the course of the Nineteen Eighties farm disaster, died Thursday in Ames. He was 88.

Harl, who was the Charles F. Curtiss distinguished professor of economics at Iowa State University, had a protracted profession in academia, however could have been greatest identified for two issues: Devising a plan to gradual the demise of household farms, and main the unsuccessful struggle to dam the sale of ISU’s WOI-TV within the Nineteen Nineties.

In the Nineteen Eighties, as record-high rates of interest drove funds on farm debt to untenable ranges and a U.S. embargo on grain exports to the Soviet Union reduce markets, Harl urged banking and congressional officers to permit farmers to restructure debt. His proposals helped create a path so farmers might proceed working and lenders might recoup a part of what they have been owed with out resorting to foreclosures.