WASHINGTON, D.C. – Farm Credit Council President and CEO Todd Van Hoose released the following statement today in support of the Rebuild Rural coalition’s letter to Congress.
“Parents working and students studying from home has brought the urban/rural divide on broadband to the fore in a way we can no longer afford to ignore. That same broadband would help rural residents avoid medical appointments through telehealth initiatives – decreasing their exposure to others at the hospitals and clinics,” Van Hoose said. “At the other end of the infrastructure equation, we’ve already seen the problems with our food supply chain. Once these processing plants return to normal operations, they will rely on roads, bridges, locks and dams – that are crumbling by the way – to transport that protein to consumers. As Congress considers future COVID-19 relief packages, they need to prioritize rural America’s infrastructure.”
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