Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after Seth Arndorfer, CEO of Dakota Carrier Network, has been appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s Agriculture Task Force, which is responsible for helping ensure farmers and ranchers have the connectivity necessary to utilize precision agriculture.

The Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will develop policy recommendations to promote broadband internet access to unserved, agricultural land. The task force was created as part of the 2018 Farm Bill.

“We established this task force as part of the 2018 Farm Bill to help ensure farm country has the broadband connectivity necessary to advance precision agriculture,” said Hoeven. “With our state’s leadership in agriculture and our growing technology sector, it is only fitting that a North Dakotan be part of this important task force. Seth has been a valuable leader and partner as we’ve built out our tech presence in North Dakota including through the Dakota Fiber Initiative and my annual state of technology conference. We look forward to working with him and the task force to help ensure that we continue to lead the way in precision agriculture technologies, which will help our farmers to compete through innovation and efficiency.”