Georgia’s Farms: Connectivity, Technology Trends and Policies
Thursday, December 10, 2020 (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM) (EST)
From city to suburb, many of Georgia’s businesses and residents enjoy access to broadband services while the state’s agricultural communities lag behind. In rural Georgia, agriculture is the key economic driver and this land accounts for roughly one-third of the entire state, however, lower population densities and uneconomical deployment costs hinder innovation. For years Georgia’s farmers and ranchers have demanded action from private industry, legislators and regulatory bodies in closing the digital-divide between urban and agricultural lands for the betterment of agribusiness and Georgia residents as a whole – enabling precision ag to modernize crop yields and food production, livestock health, supply chain efficiencies and better resource management to name a few. Moreover, COVID-19 further highlights the negative impacts lack of connectivity has in rural Georgia from K-12 digital learning to telehealth.
This event will focus on our current state, methods for funding and deploying broadband to Georgia’s agricultural lands, current and future offerings by various service providers, AgTech innovation (from premise to the cloud) and why it’s important, perspectives on demand and use cases from our state’s farmers and ranchers, public-private partnership scenarios at the local level, and recent legislative and regulatory efforts – including funding, permitting and new RF spectrum.
- Identifying the Gaps: Connecting Unserved Georgia Farms to Broadband
- Precision Agriculture Innovation, Trends and Use Cases
- Farmer’s Perspective on Technology Adoption and Workforce Gaps
- Funding Options at the State and Federal Level
- AgTech Policy / Legislation Updates