Growers Turning to Technology and Ethanol in Fuel Saves Drivers Billions
**California growers are turning to technology more to streamline tasks, address labor shortages and increase water management efficiency.
More than 100 technology exhibits at the recent World Ag Expo featured irrigation management software, autonomous sprayers, driverless tractors and even flying, fruit-picking robots.
Northern California grape grower and Agtonomy CEO, Tim Bucher says he developed an autonomous tractor to cut his farming costs because we are all trying to do more with less.
**Reuters reports, U.S. trade officials are saying the U.S. will consider 'all options' unless Mexico addresses Washington's concerns over Mexico's plan to limit imports of genetically modified corn.
The article added, this comes just days after Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said a trade dispute panel under the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement would be the next step if talks weren’t successful.
Mexican officials argue the disagreement is 'politically motivated.'
**A new study out of the University of California-Berkeley shows adding low-cost ethanol to the nation's gas supply improves energy security and saves the average American household more than $750 annually.
The analysis concluded that "adding ethanol to gasoline decreases the price paid by U.S. drivers at the pump, by an average per gallon discount of $0.77 between 2019 and 2022, a total savings of $95.1 billion annually for U.S. consumers.