President Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget proposes increasing funds to boost rural broadband. It calls for 25-billion that would be part of a new Revitalizing Rural America grant program. Minnesota Pork Producers CEO David Preisler says internet connectivity is critical on modern hog farms:
“Records are being kept on tablets, and you’re not necessarily doing as much paper as we used to do. And the other thing is the alarm systems and so on that these farms have got. To be able to have really good broadband would be really useful.”
President Trump’s budget proposal does include cuts to farm subsidies, as well as a 26 percent reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency.