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Union County, Iowa, 1980. Copyright © State Aerial. Share

This photo from 1980 is of my family's farm. My father, Russell Johnson, farmed the land beginning in 1973. I was born in 1976 and this is where I lived for the first 20 years of my life. You can see the garden where we grew sweet corn and the house which remained relatively unchanged in the years we lived there. My father's Case tractor is also visible, as is the barn for our feeder pigs. There are a few open hog lots visible as well as some fields.

The angle of this picture is facing northwest. To the south and southwest were approximately 150 acres of farmland.

I left home in 1996 for college. My father farmed this land until his death in 2000. In 2007 the farm was sold to two of my dad's brothers who continue to farm the land, keeping the farm in the family.

—Patrick Johnson

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