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John Otte was a farm kid from the Midwest who met and fell in love with a woman from Brazil. At first he had no interest in visiting his wife’s native land, where he didn’t know anybody and couldn’t speak the language. But now that the couple faces the fight of its life, Brazil is a refuge.
From the event: Tales from the Road
John Otte grew up on a northern Illinois dairy and hog farm. John served as instructor and research associate in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University, where he taught farm record keeping and farm management. From 1976 through 1978, he was an area extension economist with the University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department. In 1979 John became economics editor for Farm Progress Publications, whose titles include Wallaces Farmer. He retired in 2015, and he and his wife, Maria, live in Urbandale.