08/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2019 11:35
FARGO, N.D. - At the 2019 State of Technology Conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the intersection between North Dakota's growing technology sector and the state's primary industry of agriculture. The senator highlighted companies like Bushel Solutions, formerly Myriad Mobile, which has pivoted to focusing on mobile applications for farmers and ranchers and is on Inc. 5000's list of the nation's fastest growing companies for the fourth year in a row.
'Our state's growing technology sector is not only creating good jobs, but it is helping to advance our state's top economic industries, like agriculture,' said Hoeven. 'In order to further support this convergence of technology and agriculture, we've worked hard to secure funding for rural broadband and to grow our state's UAS capabilities. These technological advancements will help ensure our farmers remain competitive on the global scale.'
Hoeven stressed that such developments showcase how agriculture continues to move toward high-tech applications, such as the use of Precision Agriculture technologies, which can help producers improve the efficiency of their operations and improve yields. Hoeven is working to advance the development and adoption of new agriculture technologies and ensure rural America is positioned to make good use of these tools. To this end, the senator has prioritized:
Investing in Rural Broadband
To properly utilize the data from UAS on farms and ranches, producers need access to robust telecommunications infrastructure like broadband. To this end, Hoeven:
Expanding UAS Operations
Hoeven has worked to grow the state's UAS industry, including establishing the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and Grand Sky. The senator continues his efforts to ensure the state's leadership in UAS, including:
Supporting Tech Entrepreneurs & Innovators
Hoeven has worked since his time as governor to establish North Dakota as a hub of tech entrepreneurship and helped promote new opportunities for innovation and investment in the state's traditional industries, like agriculture and energy, as well as in newer technology sectors. As part of his continued efforts, Hoeven has:
State of Technology
Hoeven holds his State of Technology Conference with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce each year to highlight breakthrough technologies and the local innovators creating them. The conference has served as a catalyst for new innovation and investment in the state and is part of the senator's work to position North Dakota as a hub of technology entrepreneurship, the third wave in the state's economic growth. This is the senator's ninth State of Technology Conference and the senator has highlighted the work of more than 70 tech entrepreneurs.
Hoeven's emphasis on technology in agriculture was complemented by the two keynote speakers he secured for this year's conference: