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Columbia Missourian 

Broadband access helps farmers stay competitive


January 12, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kelly Forck works with the land. But for his business to succeed, he relies on the cloud.

Forck and other farmers rely on internet access for up-to-date information on everything from crop prices to wind patterns. Data stored in online cloud-based servers allows for detailed soil analysis.

Forck, a farmer who produces corn, soybeans and raises commercial cattle on property near Jefferson City, is able to monitor his irrigation system from miles away. He can also manage his grain in storage.

"We do that because the computer, for one, can do a better job than what...

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