Organic returns

Last August, Farm Industry News published my letter in which I pointed out that “organic” farming is detrimental to the environment because only cultivation is permitted for weed control and every tillage pass increases soil erosion.

My criticism was not directed at the “organic” grower. In fact, they're merely taking advantage of those consumers who want “organic” produce and are willing to pay double for a product that is, at best, the same.

The “organic” industry is dominated by the environmental extremists of the left. They disregard all the benefits of modern science and push their own anti-chemical and anti-GMO agenda. Unfortunately, they're aided and abetted by a friendly media and a few producers who spout the “green” rhetoric.

If you're an “organic” farmer and are growing produce to take advantage of the “organic” niche market, more power to you. But don't try to convince me that “organic” farming is environmentally friendly or that your produce is better. It's not!
Jerry Crew
Webb, IA

Skid-steer parts

I have an Eric brand skid steer manufactured by the Erickson Corporation of St. Paul, MN. I'm pretty sure they have gone out of business. I'm looking for a place that may still supply parts for this skid steer.
Richard Nelson
Linn Grove, IA

Contact Kromminga Motors, 19415 Hwy. 151S, Monticello, IA, 319/465-5443.

Chain saw

I have a McCulloch chain saw that broke. I was told the company is now out of business. Are there any replacement parts left?
Carl Lesmeister
Fairfield, MT

The company is still in business. Contact McCulloch Corp., 6085 S. McCulloch Dr., Tucson, AZ 85706, 800/423-6302, for dealer information or parts.

Arts-Way has it

I have been trying to reach United Farm Tools (UFT) in Glasgow, KY. I obtained this phone number, 502/651-7121, from the I&T Product File on your Web site. It appears the area code changed to 270. I tried that area code and still can't reach them. Can you help me find parts for a stalk chopper that UFT marketed? Thanks for any help you can provide.
Mike Dieck
via e-mail

United Farm Tools was purchased by Arts Way Manufacturing. Contact Arts Way at Box 288, Hwy. 9W, Armstrong, IA 50514, 712/864-3131. We have updated our Web site to reflect this change.

I am looking for parts for my Sunmaster belly mower. Do you know who I can contact?
Paul Gutschmidt
Devils Lake, ND

Contact Arts Way at the address and phone number given above.

I bought a used, 750 Eversman dirt scoop and I understand that the company is out of business. I need help in finding parts. I need cutting edges, hubs, bearings, etc. I cannot find information for parts. Can you help?
Thomas D. Carso
Royalton, IL

Contact Arts-Way at the address and phone number given above.

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