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Blog // Connect Michigan

Michigan Farmers Need Broadband to be Competitive Locally, Nationally and Globally

By Wil Payton

Haystack with laptopBroadband is an essential utility for Michigan’s agricultural communities to compete like their urban counterparts.

“Our farmers are competing in a global marketplace,” said Mat Smego, legislative counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau, in a recent article.  “We need high-speed broadband access to be competitive from production to marketing.”

An excerpt from this article pointed out that:

Farmers with high-speed Internet access are able to take advantage of technology that is only a dream to their dial-up counterparts, and there are still pockets in Michigan in which people use an out-dated and slow dial-up connection.

One of the realities of the 21st century is that in an era of downsizing, there are fewer agriculture suppliers that have brick-and-mortar locations within driving distance of many of Michigan's farms. Just like their manufacturing counterparts, farmers have to keep an eye on inventory. The need to order as close to just-in-time as possible, along with a lack of accessible supply stores, means Michigan's agricultural community has to be able to work online.

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