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  •  A lot of careers were made (9+ / 0-)

    in the post-WWII transition from the small family farm to the industrial agri-farm. My maternal grandfather made his career and his professional reputation on this transition. His original academic training was in physics (this was in the 1920s, give or take). But he was always more of an engineer in practice. He developed, and patented, equipment to measure chemical properties of agricultural soil, e.g., heavy metal content, salinity, moisture, etc., and helped make the "agricultural revolution" of the 1950s possible.

    He worked all his working life, pretty much, at the USDA in Riverside, California. Don't think he dealt much with Earl Butz. At least not face-to-face. Anyway, by the 1970s, his career was basically winding down.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 05:43:16 PM PST

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