High-precision GPS is critically important to United States agriculture - enabling farmers to manage land, water, seed, fertilizer, pesticides and labor. This significantly minimizes costs and waste, greatly increases efficiency and crop yields, and responsibly manages important environmental concerns.
In fact, according to a June 2019 study commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), during the spring planting season, the economic impact of GPS can reach an average of $15.5 billion. Similarly, a 2015 study suggested that GPS-enabled precision agriculture could save farmers an estimated 10 to 15 percent in operating costs and purchased inputs.
Our September 12th briefing will explore how GPS has become the single most significant technological advancement for American farm equipment in the past two decades. Speakers will share how farmers are using GPS for accurate mapping of field boundaries, roads and irrigation systems; for protecting animal health; for precision planting; and for targeting the application of fertilizer and chemicals that combat weeds and crop diseases. Speakers will also discuss the importance of ensuring GPS signals remain continuously available, accurate, reliable and resilient as well as the need for robust wireless broadband.
Featured speakers will include:
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Co-Chair, GPS Caucus
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
Bill Beam, Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. Katie Wedel, Iowa Select Farms
John Rauber, Deere & Company, Director, Washington Affairs
Additional speakers will be announced. Light refreshments will be served.
Important Reminder: Please be mindful that all attendees must pass through Capitol security to access the event. We encourage you to arrive well in advance of the start time.
**This event has been designed to comply with House and Senate ethics rules.**