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May 24, 1989
Deere & Co.: The Moline, Ill., company said second-quarter profit climbed 51% to $130.5 million. Sales rose 15% to $1.67 billion. The farm equipment maker cited signs of recovery in the farm economy for the gains. It added that production was higher worldwide and there was less price discounting.
July 1, 2008
Re "He's digging 'Farm,' " June 26 I read with interest that Barack Obama likes the Bob Dylan song "Maggie's Farm." May I suggest a Dylan lyric for John McCain to consider: "How many deaths will it take 'till he knows that too many people have died?" L. John Ernst Chatsworth
May 21, 1987
Your editorial (April 15), "Leaky Water Law," while containing some misconceptions, is well captioned. If the intent of the Reclamation Reform Act was, as you contend, to limit the eligibility of all farm operations to no more than 960 acres, then the law is truly leaky. The new law does set some limitations but leaves many farm ownership and management practices unrestricted. Your editorial notes that the law raised the entitlement limit for low-cost water to 960 acres in order to recognize reality without penalizing the "true family farm."
September 28, 1987 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
Listen to the Democratic presidential candidates talk about the economy of Iowa, and visions of a broken state rise up before you. The Iowa of their rhetoric is a place where countless bankruptcies and foreclosures still threaten the very survival of the American family farm, a state where factory jobs have become so scarce that legions of unemployed leave for the Sun Belt each month.
February 21, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
For California farmers, the use of undocumented workers is a fact of life. "Bottom line, if I have to verify everyone, I'm not going to be able to harvest my crop," explains one farm owner, Mark Teixeira of Santa Maria. When authorities clamp down, Teixeira and others can't get the labor they need to collect their produce. He said he let 22 acres of vegetables rot last year, and another farmer said he abandoned thousands of dollars of cherries. George Skelton says in Thursday's column that California farms need changes in the country's immigration system that allow them to have a steady workforce.
June 3, 2010
1910: Born the third of six children to Joshua and Roxie Wooden on Oct. 14, in Hall, Ind. His father, a rural mail carrier, takes care of the family farm, which has no running water or electricity. Like many farm families, the Woodens go bankrupt and lose their farm, shortly after moving to Martinsville, Ind. 1924-28: Wooden is a star athlete at Martinsville High. A four-year letterwinner, he leads his team to the state championship in 1927 and is runner-up twice (1926 and 1928)
November 2, 1997
Re "Pierce Must Balance Saving Its Past and Facing Its Future" Oct. 19. Even though I drive by Pierce College on a weekly basis, I had never paid much attention to the farm. I can say, though, that the land is not too attractive [and] seems out of place, with cars zooming by on Victory Boulevard. Neighbors may complain that they would rather have a farm [near] their homes than another mini-mall crowded with people, but will they put money and effort into keeping the farm as it is?
December 27, 1998
Re "Plans for Pierce Land Offered," Nov 18. What happened to the truth, the plain simple truth? Pierce College's land-use plan is not an attempt to destroy wild habitat or natural surroundings. On the contrary, it is an attempt to preserve it. Better known as the Multipurpose Academic Project (MAP), the plan to develop Pierce's open land is an act of dual preservation. Not only would the college be salvaged, but the farm and agriculture department would be far better preserved for future generations than it stands now. The MAP proposes not to destroy open land, but to allow it to flourish by revamping the agricultural department.
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