Rounding out the story of the Dougan farm's influence on the
world and the world's influence on the farm is volume four. Grampa
Dougan is honored as a Master Farmer, gives radio talks heard
throughout the Midwest, and travels Wisconsin with a university
professor, encouraging farm record-keeping. Grampa and Grama Dougan
are the first couple with portraits in the University of Wisconsin
Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Ron Dougan develops new corn breeds and markets Dougan Hybrids in
Wisconsin and neighboring states. On the livestock side, he joins
the board of the Wisconsin Scientific Breeders Institute, which
evolves to American Breeders Service (ABS), the largest artificial
insemination company in the world. And in 1961 the farm hosts
Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, where Jackie eats with the governor.
For twenty-five years after World War II the family welcomes two
Scandinavians a year in a farm exchange program, and continues
close ties with Beloit College and the University of Wisconsin.
Eventually Interstate 90 slices through the property, presaging the
death of the farm.
Readers will be entertained as well as educated by the lively,
involved, inventive Dougan community, which always remembers
Grampa's motto painted on the farm's silo: Life as well as a