What Farmers Need to Be Modern, Climate-Friendly and Profitable

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With me today. Is beth ford. The ceo of land-o-lakes a farming cooperative that works across the united states and in dozens of countries around the world. And she's gonna share with us her vision about how to create a better future for farmers. That's both environmentally and economically sustainable. Hi thank you so much for being here face for the invitation. I'm looking forward to the conversation. Let's first talk about the broadband issue. At how big of a problem is this. And how does it affect the farming community. Both as as you said as families and as businesses so the estimates have been that eighteen million americans lack broadband access. Fourteen million are in rural america. Now having said that the broadband. I'm trying to remember what the name of the organization is did a study and they actually say the numbers more like forty two million and the reason is the is inaccurate. So what could happen is let's have a seven eleven and a town in that has wifi or broadband access because they laid a line it would show up on the map though that largely has broadbent and it does not in so it's a significant issue. Think about the education of your children. I know you have three. I have three and they're you know many of them were doing remote schooling will. What's happening on the farm. This is legitimately. what's occurring. Is that the teacher from the town. Is driving paper homework out to the farms to give them the homework so that they can continue to go to school and and that's just one example of many and so this is a major challenge because if we don't have basic wiring we can say we. We need like a nineteen thirties rural electric initiative where we go across the country. And we make this. This should be a right. This should be something that is a basic like mail delivery electrcity. This should not be Just for those who have and the scale of it is estimated to be eighty to one hundred billion dollars to close this gap but the challenge of that is that You get the funding and then how is it implemented

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