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USDA report reveals benefits of precision ag and rural broadband for farmers

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week unveiled a groundbreaking report – A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies.

In a news report posted on AgDaily (published by Future Farmers of America) it is said that the USDA study finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technology on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. could result in at least $47 billion in national economic benefits every year.

“Broadband and Next Generation Precision Agriculture are critical components for creating vital access to world-class resources, tools and opportunity for America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters and producers,” Secretary Perdue said.

To see how Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies can work on farm and ranching operations, view the Connected Technologies infographic.

The USDA report also finds that if broadband infrastructure and digital technologies at scale were available at a level that meets estimated producer demand, the U.S. economy could realize benefits equivalent to nearly 18 percent of total agriculture production.

Read the full AgDaily report here