CFAES testimony at House hearing: How new technology can benefit rural America

New technology holds promise for America’s small farms and rural businesses, but public-sector involvement—such as for expanding rural broadband access—is needed for that promise to be realized. So said Doug Jackson-Smith, professor of water security and rural sociology with CFAES, in comments delivered Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C., to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business’ Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development.

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Today at 4: NIU physicist to discuss science policy in the White House

OSTP web imageNorthern Illinois University’s Gerald Blazey presents “Science Policy in the White House” from 4:10-5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 22) in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Blazey, who is a physicist and is NIU’s acting associate vice president for research and innovation, recently completed a two-year appointment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

How drones in the sky can help land and water

aerial view of farm and river for GBThe Nov. 12 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network looks at how unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, can improve how we take care of farms, soils, woods and water. Details and a link to register here. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo: iStock.)