Vardeman, W.D. 2013-07-08

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This interview features W.D. "Buzz" Vardeman, who discusses his upbringing, rural life, his experiences as a farmer, his partnership with John Deere, and his role as an agricultural innovator.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W.D. Vardeman

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: July 8, 2013

Location: Woodrow, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 04:07:48 (4 hours, 7 minutes)


Birth and upbringing; His first inventions; The development of the motorized brush rake, general farming; The boll weevil problem, pecans, peaches; Carbide lights, past rural life, wildlife; Joyce and moving to Lubbock, the Neels; Taking on the Neel farm; Bill Bryant and the John Deere connection; Getting a new four-row, patents, royalties; Equipment and modifications, engineering; Changes in cotton production, marketing, distribution; Successes, the future of American farming

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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