Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

COVID-19 Exposes Rural Digital Divide

News / In The News June 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the digital divide between rural and urban America. The Epoch Times reports 65 percent of rural Americans have access to high speed internet compared to 97 percent of urban Americans.

“It’s ridiculous that a farmer’s child has to go to McDonald’s to be able to get online and keep up with his education,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

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A proposal to eliminate the stepped-up basis in agriculture would have a costly impact. Chad Smith has more on how elimination would impact farmers and ranchers.

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Farmers never hesitate to roll up their sleeves alongside their employees in the field. Now, many are doing that in COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the country – or even on the farm.

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