Sen. Welch discusses AI access for farmers

Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 8:02 AM EST
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WASHINGTON, (WCAX) - From computers to crops, one Vermont leader is looking at how AI can help Vermont growers.

Senator Peter Welch this week spoke in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing about artificial intelligence on Vermont farms and its other potential uses.

Welch expressed concerns about barriers smaller farmers may face trying to integrate expensive technology on a smaller scale. “A real concern I have is for the viability of our smaller producers. We’ve got smaller farms in Vermont. And a lot of times, something will come up that—it’s an opportunity for bigger ag when you can spread the cost over time, but for a lot of smaller producers, there is a lot of skepticism on whether they’ll get a return on investment,” said Sen. Welch.

Welch also asked about other uses of AI, like applying AI technology to soil health.