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Hiram M. Drache

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Gustavus Adolphus College

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Gustavus Adolphus College

800 West College Avenue

Saint Peter, Minnesota, 56082

United States

Company Description

The Rev. Eric Norelius, an immigrant Swedish Lutheran pastor, founded the College in Red Wing, Minnesota, in 1862. It was moved to East Union the following year, where it was called the Minnesota Preparatory School. In 1865, when Swedish Lutherans were celebra...more

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Concordia College



Concordia College


Gustavus Adolphus College

doctorate degrees

University of North Dakota

master's degree

history and geography

University of Minnesota

undergraduate degree


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Hiram Drache
In this latest book, Drache offers a counterpoint to the accolades that organic agriculture techniques have enjoyed in recent years. Among other things, organic standards prohibit the use of genetically-modified organisms. Academic and government evidence, as Drache sees it, indicates food produced with GMOs and conventional means are as safe and nutritious as organics. "The government has never once said that organics are better," Drache says. He says premium-priced organically-produced foods are promoted by "new agrarians who know little or nothing about agriculture," and the premiums required to produce them often are not affordable to the masses of people who must eat. He dedicates his book to "the American farmer who never before has been so misunderstood and chastised by the misinformed consumer as today. He concludes with the question: "How long can we continue to allow the counter-culture agrarians to prohibit the use of the best technology and advancements in science for the benefit of all society?" Living history Drache comes by his exuberance for agricultural technology honestly. He was born in 1924 near Owatonna, Minn., a community then promoted as the Butter Capital of the World. His father was a regional pioneer in the early days of livestock trucking. As a child, Drache milked cows on a small farm and delivered glass bottles of milk at night. He worked as a hired farm hand in the 1930s. Drache lived the transition from manure fertilizer and open-pollinated corn to the days of commercial fertilizers and hybrid seed. He remembers when the national corn yield average was 26 bushels per acre, and how the local yields jumped by 12 bushels per acre with the advent of hybrid corn seed. He remembers driving his first tractor -- a 16-horsepower Fordson, pulling a two-bottom plow. He remembers when a South Dakota man came to town with a Case tractor that could pull three, 14-inch bottoms -- a 50 percent increase in efficiency. "He did a lot of custom plowing," Drache says. He started as a college student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in the fall of 1942. That November, he was one of 120 from the college to enlist in the military on a single day. He served as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (dubbed "Thy Will Be Done") and survived 32 missions, mustering out as a major. After the war, Drache completed his undergraduate degree at Gustavus and in 1948 married Ada, a coed who grew up on a farm. He eventually completed a master's degree at the University of Minnesota in history and geography and doctorate degrees in the same fields at the University of North Dakota. He started teaching at Concordia in 1952., left briefly and returned in 1955. He also ran a cropping and cattle feeding farm near Baker, Minn., through 1981. He was a leader in the Northwest Farm Managers organization in the Red River Valley. Farming prof In 1975, Drache gained national exposure with his third agriculture-related book, "Beyond the Furrow," and dedicated it to his farming partner, Ron D. Offutt, a Concordia college graduate and former student. Drache gained proponents and detractors in the early 1970s when he predicted that farms would continue to get bigger. He was active on the national speaking circuit delivering hundreds of speeches and appearing with such luminaries as Green Revolution scientist Norman Borlaug. He predicted farms would continue to grow in size and that by 2000, they'd "still be family-oriented units" but America would need less than 100,000 of them," excluding 2 million "small-scale residential and part-time farmers," he says. "Those are hobby farms." An enthusiast for high-tech farming and financing tools, and a proponent of education through such entities as the Northwest Farm Managers Association, Drache says he avoided the organic topic for years. He started the book because of a request from his publisher. For a few years, Drache dropped the organic book project, to focus on other books. Drache is a free-marketer and says he's not opposed to organics, just opposed to unfounded claims and woolly thinking. Some organic proponents would convert Americans to a vegetarian diet, he says. But that would mean eliminating the manure source to feed the crops. "You're not supposed to eat meat, but you're supposed to use manure," Drache says. "Anybody see the irony in that? Drache retired from teaching in 1991 at age 67, but Concordia provided him with an office and a phone in the college library building. Since retirement, he's produced nine books, largely involving the history of agriculture and entrepreneurs. Highly organized, Drache keeps a card catalog of the books he's read: 874. "They're not novels," he laughs. He records how much time he spends on producing each book -- 1,638 hours on organics. He says has two more books underway. "And when you finish with them, you'll have two more," Ada says, laughing. "I have to keep working to pay income taxes," Drache says, deadpan.

Where's Meriden?

Hiram M. Drache
This history of the Meriden Township took Hiram Drache over 50 years to complete. Not due to lack of passion or subject matter, but rather because he did not want to use the typical format where people write about their families. He wanted a detailed history with substance and a meaningful message. Drache had no idea where the story would end, but changing agriculture dictated a new era for rural society. - Hiram M. Drache, Author


Hiram M. Drache
ISBN: 978-0-91316350-4 Author Hiram Drache spent years researching, documenting, interviewing, and writing about these terms; inside is his attempt to answer these questions and more! Dr. Drache's thoughts include:

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Hiram M. Drache grew up in a small farming village and spent much of his early life working at numerous agricultural tasks in the era of horsepower farming.
He is currently a historian in residence at Concordia, where he writes full time.

Drache - Creating Abundance

Hiram M. Drache
ISBN: 978-0-8134-3208-3 In the book's forward, Ray Goldberg, Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business emeritus, Harvard University, writes, "It is impossible to do justice to the unique contribution of the entrepreneurs of agriculture whose accomplishments Dr. Drache recounts in Creating Abundance.

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