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Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops'

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The long arms of pivot irrigation rigs deliver water from the Ogallala Aquifer to circular fields of corn in northwestern Kansas. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Kansas Farmers Commit To Taking Less Water From The Ground

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The changing landscape of of agriculture is leaving many sheep farms in the dust. Farms are larger and technology makes crops more economically attractive and sheep herds less. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Meida/KUNC hide caption

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Ranchers Wonder If U.S. Sheep Industry Has Bottomed Out

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Banksy's "Sirens of the Lambs" started its tour of New York City in — naturally — the Meatpacking District. BanksyNY/Youtube hide caption

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Basil, tomatoes, peppers and lettuces grow in garden beds on the South Lawn of the White House. According to the site Obama Foodorama, the government shutdown has had a dramatic effect on the garden. Eddie Gehman Kohan/ObamaFoodorama.com hide caption

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Curt Friesen is a fourth-generation farmer in central Nebraska. Grant Gerlock/for NPR hide caption

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Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink

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Some of this season's Comice pear harvest is rotting in Pacific Northwest orchards because there aren't enough workers to pick it. Deena Prichep/for NPR hide caption

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Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

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This millet field outside Nunn, Colo., is nearing harvest time, when the grain turns from green to a golden color. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Can Millet Take On Quinoa? First, It'll Need A Makeover

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A cornfield is shrouded in mist at sunrise in rural Springfield, Neb. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?

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Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field

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Agricultural work, which is physically demanding, is also a risky business venture. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

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Soil erosion after five inches or more of rain fell in one hour across portions of Western Iowa in 2013. USDA Natural Resources Conservation hide caption

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A lettuce thinner manufactured by Ramsay Highlander removes excess seedlings from the field so that others have room to grow. Just one worker is required to operate the machine. Rachel Estabrook hide caption

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