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
Birthdate: May 17, 1957
Occupation: Farmer and trucking
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.
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.
Virginia Poultry Growers Co-op