A Halstad, Minnesota, family has created a business of producing early-generation potato seed for potato seed producers. The business is a two-generation effort, with numerous employees here on H-2A visas.
The Cowbot would be a way to mow down thistles as a way to control the spread of weeds, "like a Roomba for a pasture," says Eric Buchanan, a renewable energy scientist at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota is leading the $220 million project called the Future of Advanced Agricultural Research in Minnesota or FAARM. The FAARM site is planned to be in Mower County, in conjunction with Riverland Community College at Austin.