An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:53 AM CDT

When it comes to information technology, California produce grower A.G. Kawamura is no Luddite. Satellite navigation steers his tractors straight. Bluetooth keeps him in constant contact with his foremen, usually in Spanish. When he decided to grow asparagus, he looked up how to do it on the internet.

Yet embrace the new though he does, the loss of the old troubles him -- in particular, the loss of the "irreplaceable" wisdom of older farmers as they bow out of agriculture. "How do you get that information out of their head?" asks Kawamura, who at 59 is just a hair above ...

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