Down on the Farm With The American Experience

Posted on April 20, 1999

A family farm. A debt. A bank. Find out what happens when these elements collide on The American Experience Online's Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern, a website companion to the 90-minute documentary that chronicles the challenges of modern farming. Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern airs on Monday, April 19 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).

Faced with an accumulated $200,000 debt, farmers Russel and Mary Jane Jordan come up with an ingenious -- but risky -- plan to save the farm. They would work with an auction company to sell off most of their belongings, including farming equipment and livestock, and then turn the now debt-free farm over to their son, who would continue farming his family's land. But would their plan succeed?

The American Experience Online produces a companion website for every new television broadcast of The American Experience, with information beyond the broadcast including program schedules, teachers' guides, audience feedback and links to related sites. The American Experience Online also produces WayBack: U.S. History for Kids, a Webzine targeted to kids ages 9 to 13, first released in November 1998.

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