The main purpose of the Broadband Initiative is to increase economic opportunities in agriculture.
South Dakota’s Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) is asking agriculture producers across the state about their issues with technology.
The state's Broadband Initiative, led by the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, recently partnered with USDA Field Office in South Dakota to survey producers with the goal of increasing high-speed Internet in rural areas, according to Emily Keil, social media manager for the South Dakota BIT.
The purpose of the survey was to find out what producers' issues are with the use of technology.
Some local farmers and ranchers had a wide range of concerns as they gathered at the recent Ag Show at Vale.
"I don't really use the Internet," says local farmer Orville Edwards.
He says he was "too old for that stuff," even though he knows that kind of communication is helpful. He keeps up on the changes in technology in ag-related fields through magazines that he reads. He understands the advantages of technology on the farm, but he has downsized his operation through recent years and believes it is considered more of a hobby than a real life-supporting enterprise.