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Smith Presses Perdue on Rural Health, Broadband, Dairy

Published by Minnesota Ag Connection on March 1, 2019

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that improvements to the dairy program and to rural health care--passed as part of last year's bipartisan Farm Bill--should be implemented as soon as possible to help get the farm and rural economy back on its feet.

On Thursday, Smith--in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing--also pressed Sec. Perdue to prioritize broadband mapping to accurately reflect broadband availability across the nation, and work to develop a consumer challenge process.

"One issue related to rural broadband--which is a core economic issue of course all over the country and in rural Minnesota--is the basic data about where we have coverage and where we don't have coverage. I hear from a lot of people in Minnesota that the maps often look as though 'I'm covered but I don't have coverage.' So can you tell me what the USDA can do to help make sure that people aren't overlooked because of inaccuracies in these maps?" Smith asked Perdue.

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