Robots, self-operating tractors and electric track loaders were among the new innovations showcased at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, indicating the emergence of an automated and electric focus for the machines of the future.
Farm equipment manufacturer John Deere announced the creation of a fully autonomous tractor that it plans to make available to farmers later this year at the Consumer Technology Association conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Workers at John Deere plants have agreed to a six-year collective bargaining deal after a month-long strike by more than 10,000 employees at 14 facilities, according to statement released by the company and the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.
A John Deere executive says the company is looking to shift some of its necessary production to overseas facilities as a standoff with more than 10,000 union employees continues in search of a new contract.
The Senate Agriculture Committee is set to hold a vote this morning on the nominations of Robert Bonnie to be USDA’s Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation and Xochitl Torres Small for Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development.