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Precision Ag Summit 2017 Presentations

The 6th Annual Action Summit welcomed more than 250 participants to North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown on January 16 & 17, 2017.

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Northern Tier Broadband Network Supports RRVRC Research Activity

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The AP recently reported that the twelve state broadband network established in 2003 to support resarch and education activities on the northern plains is in good shape despite continued university budget cutbacks. From the AP article:

The Northern Tier Network was established in 2003 to help improve Internet capability in states that lagged behind the rest of the country. It includes universities from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington and Alaska.

Bonnie Neas, North Dakota State University's vice president for information technology and the state representative to the network, told North Dakota lawmakers Tuesday that research dollars created through the system have boosted many universities that are hurting for money.

"It's really pushing the science, math and technology agenda for the country," Neas said.

The system also stands to benefit from a possible $97 million federal grant to two nonprofit Internet networks looking to link regional systems. The proposal by Internet2 and National LambdaRail would give Northern Tier 10 times its current Internet capability and reduce costs by 50 percent, Neas said.

North Dakota will spend $735,000 operating the system this year.

The network was created after officials in several northern states realized they could only afford high-speed service if they banded together. North Dakota has received about $3.25 million in federal funds and $2.73 million in state money for the network, which is used at NDSU, the University of North Dakota and the state's Information Technology Department.

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