Bringing Resources to Farmers
As regional vice president of agricultural lending at Farm Credit Mid-America, Natasha Cox spends her days helping farmers obtain the resources necessary to help fund their production agriculture operations. But her dedication to agriculture doesn’t stop there.
In addition to farming corn and soybeans with her husband, Brent, and his parents, Steve and Gena Cox, Natasha is increasingly spending her time advocating for the technological resources today’s farmers require to be successful.
Late-model tractors, application equipment and various agricultural implements are equipped with GPS, Bluetooth and other advanced technologies that often require internet access. The problem is that many areas of rural America lack high-speed broadband access.
As owners of Maple Island Farms near Benton County, Indiana, it’s a problem the Cox family knows well.
“Being able to have connectivity is critical for agriculture,” Natasha says. “Farmers have adopted technologies that improve efficiencies and sustainability, but then can’t get access to the high-speed internet needed to make everything work.”
That’s where her involvement with the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network comes in. The nonprofit network joins together Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College and local economic development and community leaders from the greater Lafayette region.