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Why on Earth Is SpaceX Hiring a Farmer?

Maybe for potatoes on Mars, or maybe for the tax breaks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2014 2:20 PM CST

(Newser) – As a company that hopes to rocket passengers into space and colonize other planets, you might expect SpaceX to run some unusual help-wanted ads from time to time. But a new one is definitely raising eyebrows: Elon Musk's company is looking for an experienced farmer in Texas. Applicants should have a "minimum of 10 years of row crop farming experience" and be handy with John Deere equipment, notes the Christian Science Monitor.

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So what gives? SpaceX isn't saying, leading to speculation that the company hopes to send a farmer to space someday to sow seeds on an another planet. But Agriculture.com suspects the reason is far more mundane: tax breaks. It notes that SpaceX could get agriculture-use exemptions for both land and equipment. (That makes sense, given Musk's ability to extract cash out of state coffers.)

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