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Midwestern farmers are going bankrupt at the highest rate in a decade and it all comes down to Trump's trade wars. The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty would have slashed tariffs for US farmers, but Trump pulled out of the treaty three days after taking office. Now, countries like Mexico and China are imposing stiff tariffs in retaliation, but it's farmers are taking the hit.

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Flock of cock and hens (Gallus gallus domesticus) chickens in field at poultry farm. (Arterra/UIG via Getty Images)

There are 19 billion chickens on the planet, and they exist at our pleasure. Yet we don’t really understand them. Perhaps the wisdom of the chicken isn’t something the world needs to hear, but on the other hand, as factory farming techniques proliferate around the world, and the risk of diseases intensifies, any information chickens can communicate is valuable.

Engineers and poultry scientists at The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating with farmers to interpret the chicken language to monitor flock and farm conditions. They’ve developed software that can listen in chicken facilities and alert farmers to problems with temperature, air quality, illness, or other stressors.

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ORANGE, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: A firefighter looks up at a water dropping helicopter circling the fire at Peters Canyon Regional Park on October 9, 2017 in Orange County, California. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

When the unprecedented wildfires swept through eastern Sonoma County, Napa and Mendocino counties in October they devastated hundreds of thousands of lives in mere hours. Reports rolled in over the next week of families who had made it out with minutes to spare, in only the clothes on their bodies, singed by the embers of their homes rising up around them as they dashed to safety in apocalyptic flames.

One group of people has been hit especially hard because they try to fly under the radar on the best of days—California’s undocumented immigrant population, who have been heavy targets of the Trump administration since it took office. Trump recently promised cities that report undocumented immigrants will receive tens of millions of dollars and additional law enforcement officers.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens during a news conference after speaking at the TD Convention Center, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

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“The deconstruction of the administrative state,” is how U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon characterized the Trump administration’s assertive efforts at deregulation.

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