Economists say small-business owners — especially farmers dealing in high volume and low profit margins — are more likely to accept a volatile currency like Bitcoin than bigger businesses. Allen Sheffield/Flickr hide caption

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At Happy Boy Farms near Santa Cruz, Calif., Early Girl tomatoes are grown using dry-farming methods. The tomatoes have become increasingly popular with chefs and wholesalers. Courtesy Jen Lynne/Happy Boy Farms hide caption

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An irrigation pivot waters a corn field in Nebraska. Many farmers in Nebraska and Kansas rely on irrigation to water their corn fields. But the underground aquifer they draw from will run dry. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland
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Picker Erika Nicolas Garcia, 18, fills her pail at a blueberry farm near Hillsboro, Ore. Anna King/Northwest Public Radio hide caption

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Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue
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Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey sample water in Goodwater Creek, Mo., for pesticides and other chemicals that may have run off from the surrounding land. Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In
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Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal
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Prehistoric "pantries": This illustration is based on archaeological findings in Jordan of structures built to store extra grain some 11,000-12,000 years ago. Illustration by E. Carlson/Courtesy of Dr. Ian Kuijt/University of Notre Dame hide caption

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Left to their own devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little girdling and hormone treatment. Daniel M.N. Turner/NPR hide caption

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Valley Malt, in Hadley, Mass., works with 25 farmers growing six different types of grain in the Northeast. Courtesy of Valley Malt hide caption

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Vernon Hugh Bowman lives outside the small town of Sandborn, Ind. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Farmer's Fight With Monsanto Reaches The Supreme Court
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That's a valuable commodity: A hay bale at a farm in Eatonton, Ga., earlier this year. Erik S. Lesser /EPA /Landov hide caption

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Crime On The Farm: Hay Thefts Soar As Drought Deepens
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