A new report issued by the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society discusses its "Broadband Breakthrough" project in Illinois. During the project, Benton engaged with five rural counties to help the communities with planning and to help the communities understand the value of improved broadband access for agriculture.
The concept of precision agriculture has been adopted by farmers across the nation to increase yields for crops and reduce input costs. The report points out that precision agriculture may not be accessible to all farming operations.
New inventions and practices in agriculture in the past 90 years have allowed yield to increase by 400 percent while inputs have remained relatively flat. New inventions today often require broadband. And high-speed internet gives access to real-time data, such as market prices and weather forecasts, which are also important
The project was supported in part by the United Soybean Board.
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