Frank Ford (farmer) - Social Activist

Social Activist

Ford claimed to represent the "common man" in public affairs. A labor activist, he tried to pay higher wages at Arrowhead Mills than other such companies offer. He never drew a salary from the company that was more than three times that of his lowest-paid employee. Ford was a spokesman for small farmers through his position on an agricultural advisory committee in Washington, D.C. He helped to formulate plans for sewage recycling projects. In the 1980s, he led the opposition to an attempt by the United States Department of Energy to locate a controversial nuclear waste site in Deaf Smith County, an action which Ford claimed would have imperiled Arrowhead Mills as well as the pivotal Ogallala Aquifer, the source of most West Texas water. The site was instead located at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

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