Jim Hightower & Texas Populism

You may know of Jim Hightower for his larger than life personality and quick wit, but his tenure with the Texas Department of Agriculture is no laughing matter. In his eight years in office, he ushered in a wave of populist reforms that have largely been written out of history. We’re in the process of interviewing his collaborators for a forthcoming documentary.

Until then, read our blog posts about TDA’s work in the 1980s.

 

 

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Chef Robert Del Grande and Southwest Cuisine

Robert del Grande on promoting Southwest Cuisine with Jim Hightower and the TDA in SanFrancisco. Robert Del Grande is one of the chefs that worked to create a name for Southwest Cuisine during the 80’s, working with the TDA and Jim Hightower to let Texas be known for fine food and fine dining. Documentary by Shereena Mathew.

Also view our fast videos from our Zoom interviews.

Mack Martinez on working with the Texas Department of Agriculture.