Kentucky Historical Society

Interview with Willard V. Benson

Date of Interview: 

Tue, 06/27/1978




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Mr. Benson talks about the advancement of agricultural methods and crops, his work as county agriculture agent: speaks of the goals of the Burley Tobacco Support Program, how it has helped improve tobacco crops and the prices farmers receive for them, recalls some of his experiences in the program: explains the Soil Conservation Program, fertilizing the soil, the planting of grasses and trees, building ponds and lakes: he mentions farm organizations and operations in the county. [Note: Mrs. Benson is also present during parts of the interview]. Topics include the government farm stabilization and conservation programs, tobacco programs, conservation effects, philosophy behind the farm programs, administrative structure of farm programs, and the crop allotment system.

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