A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 6, 1978

To bring to life this week's cover story on American farming, ten photographers crisscrossed the nation for upwards of a month. Picture Editor Arnold Drapkin and his assistants then sifted through the harvest of hundreds of rolls of film, eventually culling 80 or so photos for consideration. Finally, after a number of lengthy viewings, TIME'S editors selected the color and black-and-white pictures that accompany the text. Drapkin, who became our picture editor last July, has been chasing down the right pictures for TIME for 28 years. Says he: "I look for the added dimension in a shot, as well...

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