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As Trump targets immigrants, U.S. farm sector looks to automate

By Reuters

Convincing big U.S. dairy owners to buy robots to milk their cows - and reduce the farmhands they employ - used to be a tough sell for Steve Fried. Recently, his job has gotten easier, he says, inRead full story

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  • From hyper-precise robotic picking apparatuses to farms grown in storage units to meat grown from cultures in steel tubes, agriculture is an exciting place to be.

  • This is the irony of Trump’s America First. He’s targeting immigrants, but technology is the ultimate threat when it comes to American jobs.

    It all feels a lot like a real world version of Game of Thrones to me, and technology is the Whitewalkers.

  • This is certainly an interesting, yet very natural development.

    I covered a number of farms in border states during my newsie days, and most were heavily reliant on legal and undocumented immigrants. According to the rhetoric of some, fending off the immigrants opens up jobs for Americans, right?

    To me, the answer is mixed. Why is the farm sector investing in automation? Because nobody wants those jobs. (Other than... hmm... Perhaps immigrants?)

    On the other hand, the development and manufacturing

    This is certainly an interesting, yet very natural development.

    I covered a number of farms in border states during my newsie days, and most were heavily reliant on legal and undocumented immigrants. According to the rhetoric of some, fending off the immigrants opens up jobs for Americans, right?

    To me, the answer is mixed. Why is the farm sector investing in automation? Because nobody wants those jobs. (Other than... hmm... Perhaps immigrants?)

    On the other hand, the development and manufacturing of the machinery certainly opens up jobs and opportunities for many Americans. Keep that in the US and then and only then can you say, strict immigration regulation "created" US jobs.

  • Robotics is an HR decision not an IT one, says a consultant we work with. Never better illustrated than here.

  • If the word is going to productively and economically feed all of its population, technological advancement is indispensable. As with other industries before it, agriculture is modernizing.

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