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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY:

SHENANDOAH VALLEY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

General topic of interview: This interview focuses on poultry growing in Rockingham County. The discussion centers around contemporary issues poultry growers are facing in the 21st century as well as discusses the history of turkey growing.

NARRATOR: William Forrest Miller

DATE: April 3, 2007

INTERVIEWER: Mary Catherine Collins

PLACE:  Bridgewater, Virginia

PERSONAL DATA

Birthdate: May 17, 1957

Spouse: married

Occupation: Farmer and trucking

BIOGRAPHY

Mr. W. Forrest Miller was born and raised in Bridgewater, Virginia, where he currently lives. He is a third generation farmer and currently raises beef cattle and turkeys. He is an active member on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Poultry Growers Co-op. He is married and has three children.

INTERVIEWER'S COMMENTS

This interview provides valuable information on the evolution of turkey growing from free range to contained. The narrator discusses his knowledge of turkey growing outside of the United States and how it compares. Many of the issues turkey growers face today are brought up in the interview such as environmental problems, avian flu, genetics, and business changes.

KEY WORDS

Avian flu

Free Range

Hybrid

Nicholas

Pollution

Rocco

Virginia Poultry Growers Co-op

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