$37-million for Alabama Rural Broadband and Organic Sales Higher
**The USDA will be investing $37-million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas of Alabama.
That announcement came last week from the Trump Administration.
This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative will use a $8.6 million ReConnect grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to connect nearly 14,000 people, 149 farms, 77 businesses and one fire station to high-speed broadband internet.
**The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service released the results of the 2019 Organic Survey, which show total sales of almost $10-billion in organic products, 31% more than 2016.
Agrimarketing.com reports, California lead the nation in certified organic sales with $3.60 billion, 36% of the U.S. total and four times that of any other state.
Washington, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Texas round out the top five.
**The U.S. Trade Representative and USDA have issued a report highlighting the progress made to date in implementing the agricultural provisions in the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement.
To date, China has implemented at least 50 of the 57 technical commitments under the Phase One Agreement that should benefit American farmers for decades to come.
China also has substantially ramped up its purchases of U.S. ag products, having purchased over $23 billion worth, roughly 71% of its Phase One obligation.