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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Bobby Kirk, October 28, 1985. Interview K-0013. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Opposing price controls for farmers

Kirk voices his opposition to the government's price support system for dairy farmers, which he wishes they would replace with effective advertising. He is pleased that the North Carolina Milk Commission, a body created to stabilize prices, has been "ruled against," maybe because it will put some farmers out of business, boosting prices and reducing competition. Kirk's pessimism about the future of farming seems to have given him a pragmatic approach to the industry: if a development can offer farmers more money, it is worth trying, regardless of its cost. For example, a new deal offered by the massive Flav-O-Rich threatens smaller co-ops, but Kirk thinks if farmers can increase profits, it might be worth taking it.

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Oral History Interview with Bobby Kirk, October 28, 1985. Interview K-0013. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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