Dr. Jackson-Smith goes to Washington

New technology holds promise for America’s small farms and rural businesses, but public-sector involvement—such as for expanding rural broadband access—is needed for that promise to be realized.

So said CFAES researcher Doug Jackson-Smith, professor with the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (inFACT) and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, in comments delivered Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C., to a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business.

Jackson-Smith’s testimony and written comments, which were prepared in conjunction with Casey Hoy—InFACT faculty director, professor in the Department of Entomology, and Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management—were delivered to the Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development in a hearing titled “Farming in the 21st Century: The Impacts of Agriculture Technology in Rural America.”

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