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Why Broadband Matters to Farmers

The non-profit organization NC Broadband Matters asked Kenneth Sherin to present on the topic of “Why Broadband Matters to Farmers.” Sherin covers the use cases for ways broadband can make a difference on farms. Sherin’s slides and audio is available on the NC Broadband Matters website . The video of the presentation is available on the organization’s Vimeo site. NC Broadband Matters has recently invited Kenneth Sherin to be a board member to bring a farm and rural focus to their work.

Digital Skills Needed in 92% of Jobs

The National Skills Coalition and the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta released a research report indicating that 92% of jobs required some level of digital skills, and nearly one-third of U.S. workers do not have foundational digital skills. The report states, “Investing in digital skill-building can help individual workers increase their incomes, allow businesses to thrive, and create positive economic spillover effects for local, state, and national economies.” This national report...

Farm Structures and the FCC Broadband Map

Farmers/producers have the opportunity to impact broadband coverage in rural America far into the future. It is no secret the use of technology is growing in the agricultural industry through the use of digital ag applications. Farms need broadband connectivity as they meet the food and fiber needs of the world. By farmers/producers taking time to check and challenge the FCC Broadband Map as it relates to serviceable broadband locations, they can demonstrate the tremendous need for funding...

New Report on Rural Communities and Digital Device Ownership

A recent report looks at the digital device ownership issue from a rural perspective. Recent data shows that rural residents are less likely to (1) own a desktop or laptop computer, (2) participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program, and (3) have access to computer repair services. The report breaks the rural-oriented difficulties into 3 distinct categories: Status Quo, Supply, and Support – and cites recent studies discussing the challenges in each. The report concludes with...

Will Farms Have Connectivity for Digital Ag Technology?

The technology used in agriculture is advancing at a rapid pace. Look no further than this article about the Top 10 Applications of Robotics in Agriculture and Farming . Many of the applications in this article will require broadband connectivity. As pressure mounts for farms to reduce input costs, increase productivity, and efficiency, technology will play an important role. Broadband connectivity or lack thereof on farms will impact productivity decisions into the future. NC State...

Hiring a Digital Literacy and Skills Extension Agent

Randolph County, NC is recruiting NC’s First Digital Literacy and Skills Extension Agent The agent will provide opportunities and experiences for Randolph County residents to increase their knowledge and skills for using digital resources to help them earn, learn or be well. The agent is a subject matter resource for current and emerging digital technologies. This Agent will interact with the public through the delivery of skill-building programs and provide broadband access information and...

Is Your State Ready for the Incoming Broadband Funds?

The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into expanding broadband internet access. But it’s at the state level where the financial rubber meets the fiber-optic road. History suggests some states are ahead of the game while others will have to play catch-up. Read more here:



About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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