Ag Persepctives Podcast- Ron Hays Talks With USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack About Rural Broadband and MoreTue, 27 Jul 2021 10:57:11 CDT
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Tuesday morning- discussing several current topics that Oklahoma farmers and ranchers have as priorities.
Hays and the Secretary talked about infrastructure needs- including the critical need to build out a robust rural broadband network in all areas of the country. The Secretary likened the effort to bringing electricity to rural America decades ago- and said that up to sixty billion dollars is being considered in the current Infrastructure bill that would be leveraged with money from the private sector to attack the problem. He confirmed that it would be a multi agency task- saying an "all hands on deck" mindset will be needed to really make a difference quickly nationwide.
They also discussed the need to use federal resources to expand meat processing opportunities across the country- and the Secertary's plans to update the Packers and Stockyards rules.
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Ron Hays talks with US Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack
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