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Report: Walmart’s new patent filings could automate farming

Walmart may ask agricultural partners to consider using drones to tend to their farms.

The discount giant applied for six patents last year, and all aim to prevent damage to crops, control pest attacks on farms, and cross-pollinate plants, according to Reuters.

As more farmers use the drones, the technology could be a catalyst to get food from farms to store shelves faster, fresher and cheaper. The efforts will help Walmart gain more ground in the fresh food category, especially as competitors such as Amazon, Aldi, and Lidl continue to expand.

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