importation discussion and PBS

Kelly Irvin
Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:12:16 PST
The following is a quote from the Tennessee Journalist 

"Believe it or not, kudzu was not an accidental import. Kudzu was 
introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial 
Exposition by the Japanese, who promoted it as an ornamental plant that 
could also be used to feed cattle.  From 1935-1953, farmers were 
encouraged to plant the vine and were actually paid $8 an acre by the 
government.  The Soil Conservation Service advocated the use of Kudzu to 
prevent erosion and, with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corp, 
planted thousands of acres of the vine."

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

Susan B wrote:
> I believe Kudzu was imported for erosion control.
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