California’s Central Valley produces over one-third of the nation’s vegetables, two-thirds of its fruit and nuts, and contributes billions of dollars annually to the Californian economy. Unfortunately, many of California’s farming communities still lack reliable broadband internet access. This prevents farmers from using cutting-edge technologies and real-time data inputs that would improve agricultural production, and severely hampers educational opportunities.

CENIC, the organisation that runs the California Research and Education Network CalREN, is teaming up with ISPs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USAD), universities and community colleges to develop plans for better connectivity for the far reaches of the state, thus helping grow food and jobs.

Read the full story on the In The Field blog.