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Everyone needs to eat, and some of us like it a lot.  But that doesn't mean we want to be in the business of making food. 

And that is an issue among American farmers these days: who will run the farm when the current generation is no longer able?  Farm families are not always able to convince their children to take over farm operations, leaving the parents with a number of less-than-good options. 

Oregon Farm Bureau Federation offers free workshops on farm and ranch succession. 

Dunbar Farms has been in Medford so long, the original pear orchards were plowed with the help of horses.  110 years later, most of the pear trees are gone, replaced by wine grapes and a number of other crops. 

But Dunbar Carpenter's daughter Emily Carpenter Mostue is still on the scene, directing the activities of this unique (within Medford city limits) agricultural operation. 

The farm is the focus of this month's edition of Stories of Southern Oregon, collected and curated by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 

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One of the more notable ballot measures in California's November election could be a real chicken fight.  Because it is all about the treatment of farm animals, chickens included. 

Signatures are in, but a proposition number has yet to be assigned to the "Cage-Free California" referendum. 

It would go beyond the guidelines of 2008's Proposition Two, by specifying that egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and veal calves must be raised outside of cages. 

Prevent Cruelty California, which backs the measure, is a coalition of several animal rights groups. 

Growing up in rural Oregon communities in the early 1900s was a combination of hard farm and ranch work, a few months of school and lots of good times.  For the Charley family in Brownsboro, chores always came first -- and there were plenty of them.