The Future of Agriculture Requires Better Broadband

The lack of broadband in rural America has increasingly impacted our nation’s food supply and the communities that farmers call home. Currently, 29% of U.S. farms do not have access to the internet. This means that nearly one-third of U.S. farms are unable to take advantage of precision farming technology that relies on broadband to help increase production, improve distribution, and reduce costs. These technologies are even more critical as climate change is
expected to negatively impact agriculture production in America. Meanwhile, households in farming communities face many of the same challenges as unserved populations in urban areas who are unable to work and learn from home. Congress must prioritize policies that promote broadband access in order to help U.S. farmers.