Will Automation Save American Farmers? Or Destroy Them?

In crop-lined fields across the United States, the long-promised age of autonomous technology appears to have finally arrived.

Already, a growing list of agriculture tech companies have developed self-piloting machines to, say, disperse seeds for crops , or harvest grapes , or pick apples , or distribute fertilizer . That innovation has brought with it some major investment: According to venture capital firm AgFunder’s most recent data, farm robotics ventures received a total of $491 million in investment during the first half of the 2021 business year, a 40 percent increase over the same period in 2020.

Of course, all the […]

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