Despite the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Communication Commission’s Precision Agriculture Task Force has continued its charge of developing recommendations for the FCC via zoom and teleconference.

Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick was appointed to the 15-member group in December 2019, and currently serves as the chair of one of the four working groups. His working group is focused on adoption of precision ag technology and job creation in precision agriculture.

“We are excited to launch our first working group meeting this week,” McCormick said. “We haven’t let the shutdown stop us from beginning our very important task of getting these recommendations to the FCC later in the year.”

McCormick and his vice chair, Julie Bushell of Paige Wireless, held their first working group zoom call on Friday, April 17. A second meeting was held on Thursday, April 23 to begin discussions about the connectivity needs of precision agriculture. Guest speakers at this meeting included:

  • Josh Seidemann, NTCA & Work Group Member, Overview of Federal Agency Fixed & Mobile Broadband Funding
  • Curt Blades, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers Association, Connectivity Needs for Agricultural Equipment
  • Mike Gomes, Top Con & Task Force Member, Measure & Metrics of Precision Ag Adoption

The working group subcommittees will meet again on April 30 and continue their work into June in preparation for the next full task force meeting in July.