Close, Steve 2013-06-27

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This interview features Steve Close, a Colorado farmer and active member of the American Agriculture Movement. Steve discusses farming in Walsh, Colorado and the Farm Crisis of the 1970s. He recounts the various farm strikes and protests of the movement and remembers his involvement in the D.C Tractorcade of 1979. Close voices both the regrets and triumphs of AAM, and its impact on farming in America.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Steve Close

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: June 27, 2013

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Andy Wilkinson

Length: 02:43:31 (2 hour, 43 minutes)


Early life and introduction to farming; Farming in Walsh; water-witching; Working for Defense Department; 1977 farmer’s strike; Regrets about strike; Benefit at Texas Stadium; 1977 protest in D.C.; 1978 protest in Denver; 1978 protest in Springfield; Tractorcade to D.C.; Tractorcade continued; Colorado Rural Rehabilitation Commission; FMHA issues/1981 blizzard aftermath; 1981 blizzard continued; Greeley Natural Gas Class Action Suit; Corrupt FMHA practices; Life after farming; Political Action Committee; PAC continued

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio CD recording available for listening in our Reading Room

Transcript: found here:

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