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FCC - 84573 - Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameTask Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United StatesAgency NameFederal Communications Commission
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number84573
Original Establishment Date12/4/2019Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYYesPresidential Appointments* 
Terminated This FY Max Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date12/4/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter12/4/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date12/4/2021Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jesse
Exempt From Renewal* Designated Federal Officer Middle NameTheodore
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Jachman
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 418-2668
Effective Date Of Authority* Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function* 


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The mission of the Task Force will be to consult with the Secretary of Agriculture (hereinafter “Secretary”), or a designee of the Secretary, and collaborate with public and private stakeholders in the agriculture and technology fields to: a) identify and measure current gaps in the availability of broadband Internet access service on agricultural land; b) develop policy recommendations to promote the rapid, expanded deployment of broadband Internet access service on unserved agricultural land, with a goal of achieving reliable capabilities on 95 percent of agricultural land in the United States by 2025; c) promote effective policy and regulatory solutions that encourage the adoption of broadband Internet access service on farms and ranches and promote precision agriculture; d) recommend specific new rules or amendments to existing rules of the Commission that the Commission should issue to achieve the goals and purposes of the policy recommendations described in b); e) recommend specific steps that the Commission should take to obtain reliable and standardized data measurements of the availability of broadband Internet access service as may be necessary to target funding support, from future programs of the Commission dedicated to the deployment of broadband Internet access service, to unserved agricultural land in need of broadband Internet access service; and f) recommend specific steps that the Commission should consider to ensure that the expertise of the Secretary and available farm data are reflected in future programs of the Commission.
How is membership balanced?*Members will represent a wide variety of entities with interests in precision agriculture technologies and practices. Members of the Task Force shall be selected by the Chairman of the Commission, in consultation with the Secretary and appropriate Commission staff. The Task Force shall be composed of not more than 15 voting members who will be appointed either as Representatives or as Special Government Employees (SGEs) as necessary. As required by the Act, voting members shall include: a) agricultural producers representing diverse geographic regions and farm sizes, including owners and operators of farms of less than 100 acres; b) an agricultural producer representing tribal agriculture; c) Internet service providers, including regional or rural fixed and mobile broadband Internet access service providers and telecommunications infrastructure providers; d) representatives from the electric cooperative industry; e) representatives from the satellite industry; f) representatives from precision agriculture equipment manufacturers, including drone manufacturers, manufacturers of autonomous agricultural machinery, and manufacturers of farming robotics technologies; g) representatives from State and local governments; and h) representatives with relevant expertise in broadband network data collection, geospatial analysis, and coverage mapping.; Voting members will be fairly balanced in terms of their technological experience, points of view, and fields of knowledge relevant to the Task Force.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 3
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Task Force is intended to provide an effective means for stakeholders to exchange ideas and develop recommendations and submit reports to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in adherence to the Task Force’s statutory responsibilities.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not Applicable
Recommendation RemarksNot Applicable


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentUnable to determineNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*34Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations were adopted 10/28/2020.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations were adopted 10/28/2020.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations were adopted 10/28/2020.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*N/ANarrative Description*The Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States (Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force or Task Force) will provide advice and recommendations for the FCC on how to assess and advance deployment of broadband Internet access service on unserved agriculture land to promote precision agriculture. Congress directed the FCC, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, to establish the Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill).
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$245,304.33Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$245,304.33
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,496.86Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,490.86
Total Costs$247,801.19Est. Total Next FY*$247,795.19
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.64Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.64
Cost RemarksDue to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2 meetings were held virtually in FY2020.Est Cost RemarksDue to the COVID-19 Pandemic, meetings may be held virtually in FY2021.
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Interest Areas

Broadcasting and Communications


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