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June 24, 1989
Trade Big Game James Worthy? Sell the farm first. DEBORAH PITTS La Canada
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."
November 16, 2006
Re "Judge to OK sludge transfer," Nov. 14 Sewer sludge contains toxics and heavy metals, some of which are carcinogenic. Kern County is doing the right thing in fighting against dumping Los Angeles sludge on farm fields near Bakersfield. In the 1960s, a cluster of a certain cancer occurred among the San Francisco 49ers football team. It was traced to a fertilizer put on a practice field. In Minnesota, sewer sludge put on fields owned by a large agribusiness contaminated a neighboring farm through wind erosion.
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.
June 22, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Question: Having grown up on a farm, I have a number of farm collectibles that I've kept over the years, even though we now live in an urban area. In terms of assessing the value of my collection, are any years of manufacture more significant than others?--C.H. Answer: Collectors generally are interested in farm collectibles used before World War II, although age is not always the deciding factor in determining value. Rarity of the item and its condition also count, say collectors and dealers.
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?
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