Skov, Bob 1984-07-10

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Bob Skov discusses cotton farming and farmers’ organizations in and around the El Paso Valley of Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bob Skov

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 10, 1984

Location: Clint, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Parents to El Paso Valley, Development of Valley, Family land, Farming with father-in-law, Accumulation of farm land, Pecos, Texas (1955-1958), Irrigation boom, Decline in water table, Skov farm, Energy source, Prohibitive fuel cost, Decline in agriculture, Anderson-Clayton, Agricultural development of valley, Expansion of cultivation, Irrigation, Drought (1950s), Recharge, Acala cotton, W. T. Young, 1517 and Del Cerro cotton, Cotton harvest, Bracero program, Machine harvest versus hand picking, Bracero program (again), Cotton varieties grown in valley, Stripper varieties, Pima, Acreage allotments, Effect on valley, Cotton gins in valley.

Tape 1, Side 2: Cotton gins in valley (continued), Consolidation, Changes in cotton production, El Paso Valley Cotton Association, Acreage allotment, Louis Ivey, Robert Poage, Washington lobbying, Bracero program, Benefits, Decline due to regulation, Attitude of Department of Labor, Conservation due to regulation, Representatives in Washington, Post War decline in rural population.

Tape 2, Side 1: Farmers and Merchants Association (1940s), Organization, Participation, Financing, Purpose, Prisoner of war program, Purpose (again), Cotton Incorporated, Origin, Purpose, El Paso Valley Cotton Association (again), Successes, Pima acreage, SuPima, Financing, Accomplishments, Pima cotton (again), Uses, Plains cotton producers, Washington’s perception of association, Plains Congressmen, George H. Mahon, Robert Poage (again), Other Congressional contacts, California lobby effort, SuPima Association (again), El Paso Valley Cotton Association (again), Successes (again), Decline in lobbying efforts.

Tape 2, Side 2: Texas Cotton Producers Association, Organizations, Effectiveness, Leadership.

Range Dates: 1910-1984

Bulk Dates: 1930-1984

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