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Venture capital is no longer where the green tech grows

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How photos taken from the sky are helping farmers

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Oct 4, 2019
Aerial images are helping farmers achieve maximum yields from their crops.
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Farm country wants to get back to business

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 23, 2019
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Food cannons and goat yoga: Farmers get creative for profits

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 16, 2019
In troubled trade times, anything to bring business to the farm.
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For farmers, it's about more than just China

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Sep 11, 2019
Apple and hops harvest season is underway for farmer Patrick Smith, who welcomes the distraction from trade war news.
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Who's planting? Who's not? Who wants to know?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Aug 12, 2019
Getting a grasp on acreage planted by farmers was harder this year because of bad weather.
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U.S. farmer on worsening trade dispute: "It's like a knife in my heart"

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 6, 2019
Farmers hoped for a resolution to the trade war, then everything got worse.
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Mounting investor interest in agricultural technology

by Carole Zimmer Jul 31, 2019
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President Trump's tariffs are good for U.S. garlic growers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 20, 2019
"This is a really exciting time for the garlic capital of the world," says Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California.
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As farmers age, they face the challenge of finding successors to take over

by Julia Mitric May 21, 2019
Farmers across America are getting older and weighing the fate of their farms.
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