Farmer Steve Mello climbs the steps of a water pump that has been vandalized more than once on his property. Ranchers in the Isleton area say they are being devastated by repeat thefts of copper wiring in their farm pumps, tractors and other devices.
Farmer Steve Mello climbs the steps of a water pump that has been vandalized more than once on his property. Ranchers in the Isleton area say they are being devastated by repeat thefts of copper wiring in their farm pumps, tractors and other devices. José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
Farmer Steve Mello climbs the steps of a water pump that has been vandalized more than once on his property. Ranchers in the Isleton area say they are being devastated by repeat thefts of copper wiring in their farm pumps, tractors and other devices. José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
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Opinion: Jerry Brown now a champion for farmers

April 06, 2015 07:00 PM

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