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Union County, Iowa, 1985. Copyright © State Aerial. Share

This photo from 1985 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 house which remained relatively unchanged in the years we lived there. A barn and farrowing house for feeder pigs is to the right, as well as hog houses at the top and a large open lot for sows.

The angle of this picture is facing west. To the north were more open lots and some farmland, 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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