Coalition Works to Expand Rural Broadband

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

A coalition of rural and farm groups are seeking to improve rural connectivity to broadband. The first in a series of workshops was held Wednesday at the Department of Agriculture. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai joined executives from the five partner organizations for the discussion. The coalition includes the Farm Foundation, The Rural …


Legislative Session Brings Good News for Farmers, Rural Alabama

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release, Technology

Farmers and rural families will benefit from actions during the 2018 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, which saw bills pass aimed at improving broadband access, irrigation, agricultural education and the clarity of tax laws. Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell thanked legislators for recognizing the importance of agriculture and forestry — the state’s largest industry. “This was one of …


Microsoft Working to End Broadband Gap in Rural America

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

Microsoft is working to close the broadband gap in rural America. However, a DTN report says the company needs the help of rural residents to accomplish that task. Shelly McKinley, Microsoft general manager of technology and corporate responsibility, spoke recently at the Nebraska Rural Futures Institute. She says high-speed internet is now a necessity of life, while comparing the push …


Broadband Investment and Section 199A Tax Code Fix in Omnibus Applauded by Perdue

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Technology

Broadband: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the robust investment of $600 million in rural broadband for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which was included in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Package. The funding comes at a time when President Donald J. Trump is pursuing an ambitious agenda to rebuild America’s infrastructure, including a special emphasis on rural …


USDA Looking for More Funding Applications to Improve Broadband Access

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, says the USDA is accepting applications for grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. She says e-connectivity is essential to the economic vitality and quality of life in rural communities. “Investing in broadband can strengthen rural economic growth and improve critical access to jobs, education, healthcare, and social …


NCBA Applauds Another 90-Day Delay in Electronic Logging Device Mandate

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Technology

Mandate Was To Have Taken Effect on Sunday, March 18 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement that the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will be delayed another 90 days for agricultural haulers: “This is obviously good news for America’s cattle haulers and producers, and it will provide …


Hartzler Introduces Legislation to Address Broadband in Farm Bill

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

Republican U.S. House member Vicky Hartzler of Missouri is seeking to include rural broadband in the next farm bill. Monday, Hartzler introduced the Expanding Rural Access to Broadband Act, which she says would make necessary changes to existing Rural Utilities Telecommunications programs to ensure rural Americans aren’t left behind in the digital age. Hartzler says she plans to work with …

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ELD Issue Crucial for Cattle Producers

Dan Cattle, Technology

Jennifer Houston, president-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, was in the Southeast this past weekend attending the Alabama Cattlemen’s Convention in Huntsville. While there, she talked about a variety of issues, including electronic logging devices (ELDs). She said this issue is crucial for cattle producers. ELD Issue Crucial for Cattle Producers


Agri View: Technology Expanding

Dan Agri View, Technology

Everett Griner talks about how technology is expanding in today’s Agri View. Technology Expanding Progress. You know the world could not exist without it. The car you drive built mostly by robots. The clothes you wear from fabrics that didn’t even exist 50 years ago. And the food you eat. Still produced by farmers. But, you take away the technology and …