Robots seen replacing farm labor, slaughtering livestock

Farmers have embraced power equipment for decades, part of the transformation of agriculture from small-scale farms that relied on manual labor to a highly mechanized sector with a much smaller workforce.

Two-thirds of Americans support path to citizenship

Two of three Americans "favor a plan to allow immigrants who are living illegally in the U.S. to remain in the country and become citizens if they meet certain requirements over time," says Gallup.

Rural employment remains below pre-recession level

Some 779 rural counties lost jobs since mid-2013, says USDA's Economic Research Service, compared to 1,206 that held steady or notched gains.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Three agribusiness leaders were elected to the board of the Farm Foundation - Gregg Hillyer, editor of Progressive Farmer magazine; Craig Yunker of CY Farms and John Miller, vice president of agricultural products for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.