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“If we have one more tax increase like they put on us, I’m going to quit farming,” said Garber. “I’m just going to quit.”
“We’re going to be able to sell more products, more services, American agriculture, American manufacturing — we’re going to be able to get those to markets, and American companies that produce here in the United States are not going to be disadvantaged, relative to these markets” Obama said.
"The nation's co-ops are essential to the U.S. economy and to rural America," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "The income they generate is reinvested or returned to members who spend it in their local communities. USDA is proud to continue its support of the cooperative movement."
Consolidation would eliminate some of the duplicate research and development efforts in the industry, the CEO said. “We continue to see the low effectiveness of R&D with some of our competitors, and we continue to think that consolidation in this space is inevitable,” Grant said
Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the lettuce cheaper and better for the environment.