Lieutenant Governor Crouch talks about the need for broadband Internet in rural Indiana

LAFAYETTE, Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch recently participated in a panel discussion discussing the need for broadband connectivity in the rural part of the state, emphasizing how expansion is an important step in fueling the future of the agricultural sector.

The purpose of the event was to demonstrate how innovation is changing the outcome we’ve seen in agriculture, and such innovations can only happen if we have a broadband connection, said Crouch.

It was kind of dual purpose. Understand that we have cutting-edge technology that is transforming the way farming is going and the results we get, but it’s not possible if we don’t have a broadband connection.

A panel discussion is being held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at WCI Family Farms in Linden, Indiana to discuss the implementation of broadband Wi-Fi in rural communities.

Within the state, there are several companies innovating in the field of agriculture, seeking to incorporate technology into the field.

One such company, Solinftec, an agricultural technology company based in West Lafayette, talked about their latest invention, the Solix Sprayer, a state-of-the-art autonomous robotic agricultural sprayer.

Unlike the traditional agricultural method, which would see farmers spraying their entire field of crops with pesticides in hopes of killing any invasive insects, the Solix Sprayer can remotely and autonomously scan a farmers crop to identify which specific portions of their field need to be treated with pesticides.

Solinftec said farmers who used the Solix sprayer on their bodies saw a nearly 80 percent reduction in pesticide use.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch speaks at the panel discussion to discuss broadband wifi deployment in rural communities, Thursday, June 29, 2023, at WCI Family Farms in Linden, Indiana.

For many of the farmers who were participating in the roundtable, this news came as a surprise and led to buzz about how to incorporate this new technology into their practices.

But there was one major obstacle Solinftec ran into when trying to commercialize this invention for large-scale implementation in Indiana agriculture, and that was the lack of broadband connection in most counties in the state. focused on agriculture.

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