The FCC’s Precision Ag Task Force is coming together and it includes several telecom members. The group is tasked with exploring ways to enhance the productivity and efficiency of farms and ranches through broadband-based technologies — also called “precision ag.” Its first meeting is set for December 9, at the FCC.
Catherine Moyer, Pioneer Communications Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, is Vice Chair of the Task Force. Also named to the group are: Jeff Pettit, President and CEO of NATE member Noash Construction, Inc. and owner of Diamond P Cattle Company; Seth Arndorfer, Chief Executive Officer, Dakota Carrier Network; and David Goldman, Director of Satellite Policy, SpaceX. Click here to see other members.
NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway said Pettit is a good choice to represent the association on the task force. “Jeff’s experience as President and CEO of Noash Construction, Inc. has provided him with vast experience and keen insights into deploying the infrastructure and technology necessary to enable connectivity in rural America and he also possesses a keen understanding of where coverage gaps exist and how the lack of accessible broadband negatively impacts the agriculture industry and economy.”
Four working groups will help the task force carry out its work: (1) Mapping and Analyzing Connectivity on Agricultural Lands; (2) Examining Current and Future Connectivity Demand for Precision Agriculture; (3) Encouraging Adoption of Precision Agriculture and Availability of High-Quality Jobs on Connected Farms; (4) Accelerating Broadband Deployment on Unserved Agricultural Lands.
The FCC seeks other members as well. Click here for more information on the working groups and how to nominate someone. Nominations must be submitted by December 3.
November 20, 2019