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Agriculture Department hosting multiple summits on rural prosperity

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The USDA is taking a number of different looks at agricultural prosperity.
The USDA is taking a number of different looks at agricultural prosperity.

For some time now, the U.S. government has made attempts at improving the broadband capabilities of communities that rely on farm equipment.

However, as rural communities increase their ability to use high-speed internet, they also open themselves up to computer-based attacks. With that in mind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced it is holding a cyber security summit from June 22-23 in the nation's capital.

Topics that will be covered during the conference include identity theft and safeguarding the USDA's systems from attack. Registration for the summit runs until June 17, and those interested can learn more at

While gauging the communications abilities of rural communities in the country, members of the Obama administration went on a tour last year to field questions and present their own ideas about broadband connectivity.

The USDA will continue, and go beyond, those efforts during a national summit to be held on June 3 at Jefferson College, located in Hillsboro, Missouri. The meeting will give famers and other producers the chance to voice their concerns about the future of agriculture in the country.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19809011-ADNFCR

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