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Rick Friday, 56, a columnist and cartoonist for Farm News, a monthly magazine in Fort Dodge, Iowa, knows the concerns of farmers: the magazine gig is part time, since he’s a farmer himself full time, in Iowa. His most-recent cartoon: “I wish there was more profit in farming,” one farmer says. “There is,” another replies. “In year 2015 the C.E.O.s of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and John Deere combined made more money than 2,129 Iowa farmers.” Friday says the cartoon “was not trying to pick on anybody in this industry; it is just common knowledge,” but Farm News’s publisher fired him and reprimanded the editor: one of the magazine’s advertisers objected to the cartoon and pulled its ads. His 21-year run for the “embarrassingly low” wages he got for his work is over. (RC/New York Times) ...Which, as a farmer, he’s quite used to by now.
Original Publication Date: 22 May 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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