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Farming in the 21st Century: The Impacts of Agriculture Technology in Rural America

Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 10:00 AM

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will hold a hearing titled, “Farming in the 21st Century: The Impacts of Agriculture Technology in Rural America.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In recent decades technology has disrupted many industries including manufacturing, media, banking, and retail shopping. The same technological innovation is happening in agriculture. New advances in agricultural software, computer hardware and durable farm equipment are building towards comprehensive solutions that significantly improve farming conservation, plant growth and processing, yield and input mapping, and even autonomous self-driving tractor capabilities. Technology and data can help farmers in many ways. The hearing will highlight many advances made in the agriculture technology industry and how federal policy can be utilized for even greater success.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 


Mr. Kevin M. France
President and CEO
SWIIM System, Ltd.
Denver, CO

Dr. David Potere
Head of GeoInnovation
Indigo Agriculture
Boston, MA

Mr. Roberto Meza 
Co-Founder and Farmer 
Emerald Gardens 
Bennett, CO
* Testifying on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union 

Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith
Professor and Assistant Director
School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University
Wooster, OH

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

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