77 Series: Coal County
Coal County and the Weevils
I have seen it too many times now not to bring it up. The
boll weevil all but destroyed the cotton industry. I am beginning my research
into the decline of our cotton industry by the insect and how other cotton communities
overcame the pestilence and made a solid comeback into the 21st century. The boll weevil migrated into the United States from Mexico and by the
1920’s the entire cotton industry was infested. In 2019, one hundred years later,
Texas is the largest producer of cotton and we produce none. There must be a
reason as to why the boll weevil hit Texas first, and hardest, but they have
made a full economic recovery where we have not.
In 1978 the United States created the Boll Weevil Eradication Program that restored many areas and they began cultivating once again. The only place that has not been exterminated is one million acres in Texas. The boll weevil that destroyed our industry is now gone and we are free to resume operations, should we choose. The eradication was an enormous project that took the United States fifty years to complete. We need to seize our economic opportunity now that the war on weevils is over. I believe many of our farmers and land owners do not remember the cotton days. At one time, Coal County had cotton and I believe we should consider the crop again, but I will need to visit with the landowners in Coalgate to investigate our economic opportunities.
My name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, www.bevonforsenate.com. I have been designing an economic endeavor to increase the health and life expectancy of our people in Oklahoma’s second congressional district. I named this Project D2 and I will have a project for all five congressional districts.
As I began my economic research in congressional district two, it changed me. We went from no industry in the 32 counties of Oklahoma’s third congressional district to abundant industry in the northeast and after the Oklahoma Tribal Finance Consortium, I know the tribes account for the majority of the economic impact. What I look for now, because I know the tribes are working diligently on economic development, is cleaning up our states toxic waste. I want all of processes to be safe with no environmental impact. I also want our state to be clean and our citizens healthy and strong.
We are working to bring industry throughout the state and our goal is to make Oklahoma the number one state in the nation; the number one state by a number of factors: our trade deficit, our employment, our health care cases, and no environmental impact. For now with Coal County, I will see about the coal situation because I know there is a massive market for it. We may need to build railroads, but our state has good enough credit to bring $2,000,000,000 or so as investment capital for market expansion. The railroads we build with the funds can help us enter the markets deep in Mexico and into South America. I have done my due diligence on coal, but we will have to start meeting and strategizing on how we are going to seize our existing economic opportunities. As soon as I finish the 77 Series, I will devise a county visiting schedule and I will see all 77 county seats.