Interview with Harmon H. Barlow, Jr., June 24, 1985

Project: University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Harmon H. Barlow, Jr. was born in Barren County, Kentucky on March 25, 1913. He graduated from high school at the beginning of the Depression and never attended college due to his father's ill health. He went to work on the family farm after school and became involved in the 4-H program when it was introduced to the county in 1929. Barlow remembers how participation in 4-H activities influenced him, especially the travel to various places. He talks about the family farm which he now has in partnership with his son. The farm is 205 acres and was incorporated in 1972, where they raise crops and have a herd of 160 registered Jerseys. Barlow discusses how the County and State Extension Services people have helped the farmers to implement techniques in order to improve production and, consequently, their income. He talks briefly about the genetics and breeding of cattle.

Barlow joined the Southeastern United States Dairy Industry Association in 1945 and discusses the group's early efforts to promote dairy products. He recalls his children's involvement in dairying and their participation in 4-H Club showing dairy cattle. He was President of the American Dairy Association and was a 4-H leader for over thirty years. Barlow served on the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture Dairy Advisory Committee. He talks about the Utopia Club, a program which was started in Kentucky in the 1930's for young people to continue on after they had passed the 4-H age limit. He discusses hybrid and no-tillage corn as well as the farming technique of double-cropping. Barlow describes his work with the State Extension Council in Lexington, Kentucky. He points out the need to keep extension pamphlets up-to-date. He talks about his wife, Lucille Parrish, that the farm was named BarLu Farm for both of them, and her involvement in the community.

Interview Accession

1985oh154_af260

Interviewee Name

Harmon H. Barlow, Jr.

Interviewer Name

Mike Duff

Interview Date

1985-06-24

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Barlow, Harmon H., Jr. Interview by Mike Duff. 24 Jun. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barlow, H.H., Jr. (1985, June 24). Interview by M. Duff. University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barlow, Harmon H., Jr., interview by Mike Duff. June 24, 1985, University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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