Webinar to Spotlight Modernizing Rural Infrastructure

Cindy Zimmerman

How can we create more jobs in Rural America? That question is at the heart of an upcoming April 7 Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. webinar, “Rural renaissance: How investments in transmission modernization can drive rural economic development.” This complimentary one-hour program will discuss expanding and modernizing the electrical grid in Rural America. “As more people and companies look at escaping crowded …

Agri-Pulse, Infrastructure, webinar

Transportation Secretary on Jobs Plan for Rural Areas

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Jobs Plan rolled out by the Biden Administration last week includes help for agriculture and rural communities, according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. In an interview with a Texas radio station, Buttigieg talked about the importance of transportation and infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports, for rural areas and agriculture, as well as universal broadband. …

Audio, Infrastructure

Coalition Wants Rural Infrastructure in Future COVID-19 Relief

Cindy Zimmerman

The 258 members of the Rebuild Rural coalition are asking Congress for increased rural infrastructure funding in any future COVID-19 relief packages. In the letter, the coalition called on Congress to: “Ensure that our rural communities have access to: clean and safe drinking water and wastewater facilities, secure and dependable surface transportation, reliable and affordable power, healthcare, housing, and broadband …

Ag Groups, Infrastructure

Launch of E-Connectivity Listening Sessions

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue provided opening remarks to a coalition of stakeholders to launch a series of regional listening sessions targeting the expansion of broadband access in rural America. You can watch the recording here or listen below. USDA has had programs for years to assist with local and regional broadband efforts but there is still …

Audio, Infrastructure, Internet, USDA

Kentucky Ag Commissioner Talks Rural Infrastructure

Carrie Muehling

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was at the 2018 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville this week. But just a few days prior, he was among those meeting with President Trump for the unveiling of a rural infrastructure plan. “This President and his Administration have an emphasis on investing in Rural America. And farmers, as we know, are caretakers of …

Agribusiness, Audio, Infrastructure, National Farm Machinery Show

AEM Releases Policy Plan for Infrastructure Advantage

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has unveiled a new policy report for the country called “The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage™” which makes the case for a U.S. infrastructure system that supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods; provides connectivity between and within rural and urban America; and fosters strong economic growth and robust job creation. “The United …

AEM, AgWired Precision, Audio, Equipment, Infrastructure

AEM Holds Rural Broadband Access Panel

Jamie Johansen

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and representatives from equipment manufacturers John Deere and HammerHead Trenchless for a panel discussion on Capitol Hill on May 18th focused on the expansion of rural broadband access as part of lawmakers’ work this year on infrastructure. The event was in conjunction with Infrastructure Week 2017 and …

AEM, Ag Groups, Audio, Equipment, Infrastructure, Internet

#RebuildRural Encourages Trump to Prioritize Infrastructure

Kelly Marshall

Two hundred some #RebuildRural organizations representing U.S. agriculture, rural businesses, communities and families sent a letter to the President, asking him to make infrastructure in rural America a priority. The letter highlights the needs in rural communicates where a lack of population density creates challenges. “American agriculture truly feeds the world and creates millions of jobs for U.S. workers. Our …

Ag Groups, Infrastructure