The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauded the Trump administration's support of pork producers and rural communities through their commitment to rural broadband and recognition of the critical role technology plays on farms today.
On Friday, April 12, NPPC President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C., joined President Trump, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Ivanka Trump for an announcement on the administration's plan to make the U.S. the global leader in 5G wireless deployment.
"It's meaningful that the administration has made the development of rural communities a centerpiece of its plans to deploy next generation broadband technology. While 'smart cities' and immersive gaming experiences may be more glamorous applications, no economic sector will benefit more from advanced broadband technology than farming, which will use it to more reliably gather data about barn temperatures, efficient water use, soil characteristics, feed consumption and other factors that help us better care for animals, the environment, people and communities," Herring said.
Agriculture is a competitive strength for the U.S., he added. Americans enjoy the safest, most affordable and highest-quality food in the world.
"Our farmers, who produce one of our nation's strongest export products, will play a leading role in meeting the ever-growing food-security challenge presented by a global population that will reach nine billion by 2050. Technology is a critical component for sustainably and successfully meeting this challenge," he said.
Friday's announcement included administration plans to create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which will inject $20.4 billion into high-speed broadband networks in rural America over the next decade.