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Unformatted text preview: ets: The Quiet Revolution, edited by Lyle P. Schertz and Lynn M. Daff (Washington, D.C.: National Planning Association, 1994);
Concentration in Agriculture, A Report of the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Concentration (Washington, D.C.: USDA Agricultural
Marketing Service, June 1996); A Time to Act: Report of the USDA National Commission on Small Farms (Washington, D.C.: United States
Department of Agriculture, 1998); and William Heffernan, “Consolidation in the Food and Agriculture System,” Report to the National
Farmers Union, February 5, 1999. A telephone interview, extending for hours, with J. R. Simplot provided much information on the details
of his life and the origins of the potato industry in Idaho. Simplot was blunt, charismatic, entertaining, and seemingly tireless. Fred Zerza, the
vice president for public and government relations at the J. R. Simplot Company, helped confirm the accuracy of Simplot’s remarks. I also
relied on “Origins of the J. R. Simplot Company,” J. R. Simplot Company, 1...
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