U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Communications Program Specialist Scott D. Woods moderates the plenary panel on Strengthening Rural Communities at the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 in Arlington, VA. The panel discussed finding ways to create opportunities and deliver resources to strengthen rural economies. The session demonstrated how technology is used to help farmers improve crop yield, conserve water, use monitoring to leverage markets, and provide access to health care and social services. (L to R U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator Rural Health Information Technology Coordinator Leila Samy, Veterans Health Administration Office of Rural Health Director Gina Capra, TerraVu Chief Executive Officer Joaquin Silva, and U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Communications Program Specialist Scott D. Woods). The U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) annual Agricultural Outlook Forum brings together the agricultural community to discuss policy, trade, science, rural development, and the economic outlook for the coming year. The Forum also focuses on forestry, health and nutrition issues, and the changing dynamics and face of rural America. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
April 18, 2014
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