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Blog Editor’s Note:  Passing along the below from the Keep GPS Working Coalition.

KEEP GPS WORKING COALITION TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL

HOW THE FCC’S LIGADO DECISION HARMS AGRICULTURE: A CONVERSATION WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

WHO

Confirmed Participants:

  • U.S. Representative Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) , Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture

  • U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.), Member of the House Committee on Agriculture

  • Hunter Carpenter, Director of Public Policy, Agricultural Retailers Association

  • Jim Kukowski, farmer from Strathcona, Minnesota and Chairman of the American Soybean Association’s Conservation & Precision Ag Committee

  • Nick Rust, Precision Coordinator for H&R Agri-Power

  • Brandon Hunt, Irrigation Manager for H&R Agri-Power

WHAT

Congressmen Peterson and Thompson and industry leaders will participate in a conversation about how the FCC’s decision to allow Ligado Networks to operate a terrestrial wireless network will threaten the reliability of GPS receivers used in precision agriculture.

WHEN

Thursday, October 1, 2020

11 a.m. Eastern

WHERE

To attend the call by phone or computer audio, please register at the following link: https://secure.confertel.net/tsRegisterD.asp?course=9036801

WHY

Leading agriculture organizations representing farmers and interests across all 50 states have announced their support for the Keep GPS Working Coalition. And Congressmen Peterson and Thompson, champions for agriculture interests, have told the FCC that its recent decision to allow Ligado Networks to proceed with a planned terrestrial network will cause interference to GPS, the “single most significant technological advancement for American farm equipment in the past two decades.”

New coalition members include the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), American Soybean Association (ASA), Equipment Dealers Association (EDA), Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), National Cotton Council of America (National Cotton Council) and USA Rice Federation (USA Rice).

For additional information about the Keep GPS Working Coalition, please visit www.keepgpsworking.com.

Brad P

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