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Johnson says farming isn't like it was in the 'old days'

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Richard Johnson, the 2005 Senior Farmer of the Year, is trying to enjoy retired life, but is still looking for the “Golden Years.”

“It’s not nice getting old,” he said. “I must have passed the Golden Years. I’m still here and talk to all of the old guys.”

Johnson said he is “half-assed” retired and his farm is managed by son Karl. They grow pistachios, almonds, figs and pomegranates.

“Only when my son needs something do we hear from him,” Richard Johnson said. “My wife takes care of the books so I know he’s well. Some mornings, I go out and look on the ranch and talk a little with Karl.” ...


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