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9 mind-blowing facts about the US farming industry

The US farming industry contributes more than $100 billion to the economy — but it's being threatened by trade wars and climate change.
The raspberry-picking robot.

This fruit-picking robot can pick up to 25,000 raspberries a day, and it could someday replace human workers

The robot is being developed by Fieldwork Robotics, the brainchild of Dr. Martin Stoelen, a lecturer in robotics at Plymouth University.
Kurt Kaser.

A Nebraska farmer cut his own leg off with a 3-inch pocket knife after he got caught in farming equipment

Kurt Kaser, a farmer in Pender, Nebraska, was transferring grain from one bin to another on April 19 when his left leg was pulled into a grain auger.
Bill Gates speaking at an event in Washington, 2014.

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and other billionaires are betting on a bacteria that could change the way we grow food

An energy startup called Pivot Bio raised $70 million for its genetically modified bacteria, which helps cut down on the use of nitrogen fertilizer.

American agriculture companies are sounding the alarm on Trump’s trade war

Seven months into a trade war between Washington and Beijing, the US agriculture sector is in jeopardy.

For farmers already struggling from Trump’s trade war, the government shutdown is making life even harder

As President Donald Trump's tariffs remain in place, a partial federal-government shutdown has complicated aid programs designed to help counter them.

The outlook for American soybeans remains ‘bleak’ in wake of Trump’s trade war

Farmers breathed a sigh of relief when the US and China agreed to a trade-war ceasefire. But economists say the soybean industry won't entirely recover.
A chick is seen inside a poultry farm in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on February 22, 2006.

The world’s first no-kill eggs have gone on sale after scientists found a way to determine a chick’s sex before it hatches

German scientists have found a way to determine a chick's sex while it is still an embryo. This could help end the culling of billions of male chicks.

Trump just signed a law that could spark a boom for the $1 billion marijuana-linked CBD industry

The newly-signed US Farm Bill legalizes hemp, a plant almost identical to marijuana and a prime source of the highly touted wellness ingredient CBD.