Precision Agriculture Among Key Topics Discussed at Secretary of Agriculture Perdue’s Listening Session

Precision Agriculture Among Key Topics Discussed at Secretary of Agriculture Perdue’s Listening Session

Lack of broadband access, labor shortages, and the financial difficulty of getting started in agriculture were all up for discussion Friday at Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s listening session, writes Stuart Taylor on TiftonGazette.com.

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Held at the University of Georgia Tifton Conference Center, Perdue took questions and comments from local business and agriculture leaders and offered his own thoughts about how to best help rural America.

Broadband internet access has become more of an agriculture issue recently as precision farming that utilizes GPS guided machinery has become popular.

“These combines and this data-driven, precision agriculture can’t operate without connectivity,” said Perdue. “We want to work with every state on the [broadband] efforts.

“It’s just as important in the 21st century as roads, sewer and water were previously.”

Read more at TiftonGazette.com.

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