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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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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Mah Bow Tan, a member of Singapore's Parliament, inspects Chinese cabbage growing at the commercial vertical farm. Troughs of the veggies stack up to 30 feet in the greenhouse. Courtesy of MNDsingapore. hide caption

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After a leg injury didn't heal well earlier this year, Lou has difficulty walking. He and his partner, Bill, will be slaughtered at the end of the month, and their meat will be used to feed students at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Nina Keck/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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Brent Ware, a member of the robotics team at Kansas State, stands next to a planting robot that won a national competition. Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Argentina has long been famous for its grilled beef. But that beef isn't what it was. Galina Barskaya/iStockPhoto.com hide caption

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