SpaceX is looking to hire an experienced...farmer?

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Elon Musk's SpaceX is doing some recruiting, but not for the position you might expect.

The aerospace company posted a job listing on its "careers" webpage looking for an experienced farmer in McGregor, Texas, which is where SpaceX's development facility is located.

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Some of the job requirements include 10 years of experience in row crop farming, experience in repair and preventive maintenance of John Deere equipment and a high school diploma or GED.

Responsibilities include what you might expect: Driving tractors, operating machinery, spraying fields and managing budgets.

So why is the spacecraft-maker looking to get into agriculture? Probably not because it plans to grow crops on other planets.

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As Agriculture.com points out, it may be because SpaceX is looking for tax breaks.

In Texas companies can receive exemptions from sales taxes by buying agricultural equipment. The state also taxes farmland at a lower rate.

SpaceX did not return an email seeking comment by press time.