20 Sep Farming & Internet
With the struggle of local, family-owned farms competing against corporate grocers and factory farmers, NOW is the time to integrate agriculture and internet. According to the USDA State Agriculture Overview, there are 440,000 acres in Connecticut dedicated to farm operations. Broadband connectivity, just like the kind that is being proposed by Northwest ConneCT, can not only benefit farming, but it can help sustain this struggling industry and support jobs. The use of technology in agriculture will not only increase production but streamline it for better efficiency.
The following articles illustrate how broadband connectivity can benefit farming.
By: Andrew Meola – Business Insider, Dec 20, 2016
“Smart agriculture and precision farming are taking off, but they could just be the precursors to even greater use of technology in the farming world.”
By: Steve Lohr – The New York Times, Aug 3, 2015
“In the United States, major agriculture companies are making sizable investments to position themselves for data-driven farming. “
By: Yash Mehta – IBM, May 22, 2017
“Product quality, higher crop productivity, resource conservation and cost control – these are just a few of the ways the Agricultural Internet of Things promises to transform farming and food production in the future.”
By: Brian Ray – LinkLabs, May 15, 2017
“This is a global problem that will likely require a global, apolitical solution; no single industry is able to unilaterally ensure that no one goes hungry. But, as the technology driving the internet of things continues to develop, lowering in cost and spreading in accessibility, exciting new precision agricultural techniques are enabling farming operation of all sizes to leverage data insight and realize efficiencies that materially increase yields while optimizing resource allocation and costs.”