High-tech farming can usher in a rural renaissance

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended so much. It has exposed the fragility of our food supply and made us revalue domestic agriculture and producers, including the front-line workers who harvest, make and deliver our food. But we’re now reworking our supply chains for national food security and elevating agriculture back to a noble profession.

With a new focus on these issues, can we use this moment to rebuild and rebrand rural America?

In today’s wired, knowledge-driven economy, talented people are making new choices about where to live and work. Many heartland communities possess attractive attributes, such as a “know-your-neighbors” sensibility, good schools and open spaces, undergirded by a comfortable cost and pace of living. As folks place health and safety at the fore, the opportunities to be part of the rural renaissance abound.

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