Southwestern Historical Quarterly January consumption of U.S. cotton at home and abroad via advertising, while the NCC leadership focused on legislative aims, including repealing the margarine tax, negotiating acreage reduction agreements, maintaining subsidies via reform, and obtaining federal funds for pest control research. Texas and Texans played no small role in cotton's rebirth as a modern, corporate business following World War II, and Professor Brown pays special attention to the achievements of politicians and cotton experts in and from the Lone Star State. From Texas native and cotton farmer John Rust's invention of the first viable cotton picker in 1931 that helped spur postwar farm mechanization, to Waco congressman Robert Poage's successful campaign in Washington to abolish the margarine tax in 1950, the history of cotton remained a key player in the economic history of Texas. As cotton production moved onto the high plains of West Texas, Brown lauds cooperation of growers and state and federal agencies that helped create a stronger cotton plant and fiber and a standard for grading cotton. He notes, however, that farming in the arid lands of the western U.S.--especially in Texas--was not without environmental cost. Growers wasted and abused the valuable waters
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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