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I read the story on global warming in your December 2006 issue (“Climate change winners and losers,” page 6). It tells too much about the benefits (I cannot see any) of a changing climate. Even if we get higher yields for a period of time, what good is it going to do anyone at the middle to end of century when the world is in a depression?

If the model is true and I believe there is a good chance of it, global warming will stop farming before I retire. Tony Blair said that global warming is going to create an economic depression unlike anyone has ever seen that will spread around the world. What is a higher yield going to do for us then?

Being a widely circulated and interesting magazine, you could do a lot of good to help stop global warming. The articles about renewable energy are good; they give ideas to people. I would like it if your editors could do an article on the amount of CO2 a farmer could cut raising crops — from not burning fossil fuels to the storing of CO2 in the ground with no-till. There are also ways to run tractors and equipment that make them more efficient. Show how much emissions of CO2 could be cut with each step. There are many steps that a farmer can take to cut CO2 and even methane emissions.

The only way to stop global warming is to show people what it is going to be like in 50 years and how they can do their part to stop it.
Chris Malichky
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I need some parts for a 3-pt. Arpo backhoe, which was made in New Holstein, WI. I heard John Deere bought Arpo out, but they do not seem to recognize the parts. I cannot find the parts and would appreciate it if you can locate the company for me.
James Lowe
Lena, IL

This question took a bit of detective work. The folks at John Deere were really helpful and tried to track down what you are looking for. However, John Deere did not purchase the company and therefore couldn't support the parts request.

A call to Mike Stutz, economic development director for the city of New Holstein, WI, helped bring some history (and spelling help) into the mix. Stutz said a company called Arps had been located in New Holstein and had manufactured backhoes. Arps later became a company called Amerequip.

Amerequip maintains three plants located in Kiel and New Holstein, WI, and it still manufactures backhoes. Contact Amerequip Corp., 1015 Calumet Ave., Kiel, WI 53042, 920/894-7063,


I am looking for drive belts for a seed grinder and roller mill made by Peerless International of Joplin, MO. Can you help me?
Ray Wetli
Fowler, IN

Arts-Way Manufacturing Company, Armstrong, IA, acquired the Peerless International product line in 1991-1992. Arts-Way still supports the products and provides parts. Contact Arts-Way Mfg. Co., Box 288, Armstrong, IA 50514, 712/864-3131,


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