Regulators See High-Tech Agriculture As Fertile Ground

By Kelcee Griffis (February 7, 2020, 4:15 PM EST) -- As rural America gets better connectivity, internet applications are allowing farmers and ranchers to tend crops and livestock with unprecedented precision. Thanks to early successes, regulators are toying with ways they can help build upon this promising development.

Cows at a Nebraska feedlot sport "Fitbit"-like tags that help handlers identify potential health needs. (Brendan Carr, Twitter) Experts say that web applications save U.S. farmers both time and money in raising crops and livestock. To that end, regulators are pursuing avenues to help fund and build out the necessary web infrastructure to help farmers take advantage.

"Expanding high-speed internet access across America's...

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