Interview with W. Ben Crain, July 6, 1987

Project: Family Farms of Kentucky: Burley Tobacco Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Tobacco warehouse manager, personal and educational background in tobacco farming, military service, job offer from R.J. Reynolds, work as a buyer trainee, R.J. Reynold's attitude about on-the-job training, types of tobacco and company's blends, differences in farm grades, government grades and company grades, getting into the warehouse business with William Sturgill, why some people got out of the warehouse business, methods of attracting customers, practice of buying tobacco at a warehouse, farmer's right to reject a price, obligations of the warehouse, relationship between warehouse and buyers, incident in North Carolina in early 1970s when farmers took out anger on buyers, where warehouse system fits into the tobacco program, contract buying by companies, rules and regulations for the warehouse, working rules of the board of trade, foreign buyers, non-tobacco uses of warehouses, insurance coverage and problems for warehouses, political involvement as president of the Warehouse Association

Interview Accession

1995oh200_ff530

Interviewee Name

W. Ben Crain

Interviewer Name

John Klee

Interview Date

1987-07-06

Interview Keyword

Heritage farms

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Crain, W. Ben Interview by John Klee. 06 Jul. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Crain, W.B. (1987, July 06). Interview by J. Klee. Family Farms of Kentucky: Burley Tobacco Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Crain, W. Ben, interview by John Klee. July 06, 1987, Family Farms of Kentucky: Burley Tobacco Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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