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General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee Evaluates Agricultural Technology and Data Utilization

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing examining technology’s role in the future of farming. Subcommittee Chairman Rick Crawford (AR-1) and members heard from witnesses about the opportunities and challenges related to investments in new technology for production agriculture. 

“Agricultural technology plays a critically important role in the day-to-day decision making process of farmers and ranchers,” said Subcommittee Chairman Crawford. “Given the current state of the farm economy, big data stands to be even more influential for producers when it comes to planting decisions, optimizing yields and increasing production efficiencies. While there are numerous challenges associated with these ever-changing technologies, we must continue taking full advantage of innovations in agriculture technology to ensure America remains the most abundant and affordable supplier of food and fiber in the world. ”

“America’s farmers and ranchers need every tool available to help combat the difficult economic times in farm country,” said Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway. “From soil health to water usage, big data and agricultural technology are helping lead the way in cutting costs and conserving resources on the farm.”