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Broadband access helps rural businesses, including farmers, stay competitive

Farmers work with the land, but to keep their business competitive, they must rely on the cloud. Other businesses in rural areas also depend on reliable high-speed internet to compete in today’s global economy.

The internet has become an important tool for farmers, who use it for everything from managing crops to checking prices.

Experts say that Missouri farmers need high-speed internet access to remain competitive in an increasingly technology-reliant field. But studies have shown that about 60 percent of rural Missourians lack broadband access.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and Gov. Eric Greitens have advocated for broadband expansion in rural communities.

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