Minnesota Historical Society

From Field to Factory DVD

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Sugar Beets, Trade and the Future of the Red River Valley

"It's our Fort Knox." That's how Crookston Mayor Don Osborne describes the importance of the sugar beet industry to the Red River Valley along the Minnesota - North Dakota border.

The survival of communities up and down the valley is tied to this industry, which has an economic impact of $3 billion a year. Yet few outside the area know anything about the people who farm and process sugar beets - and how their livelihoods are threatened by international trade deals.

In this video, watch as beets are harvested and turned into sugar. Meet residents of the Red River Valley and hear about their way of life and their concerns about the future.


  • Format: Color DVD video, 28 min.
  • Publisher: Labor Education Service, U of MN, 2005

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