The US government is considering making tractor supply forms for online application platforms, which are being developed as part of a $4.5 billion investment to help the agriculture sector.
“It’s very important that farmers, ranchers, and other businesses can get in touch with their local market,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters on Thursday.
“The technology is there, but there’s still a lot to do.”
In his speech, Perdue said the Department of Agriculture was working with online applications companies to get them up and running in the next 12 months.
“This is a really big opportunity,” Perdue added.
“There’s not enough people who can do it.”
The US Department of Commerce has already funded a number of online application services, including Google Maps, Uber and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
The US agriculture department has also invested in tools for farmers to submit applications, as part the “Buy American” program.
The Department of Transportation is also considering giving trucking companies more incentives to make trucks more fuel efficient.
The move could give them an edge in the long run.
In a letter sent to the US Congress, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx noted that the department has committed $1.8 billion to help trucking businesses adapt to modern, low-emissions vehicles.
“In light of the significant progress we have made with fuel economy, the Department has identified opportunities to further accelerate the transition to more fuel-efficient vehicles,” Foxx wrote.
The transportation secretary added that the agency has made a number public commitments, including $1 billion to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, and $500 million to accelerate deployment of electric mobility on public transportation.
The federal government is also spending $1 million to expand the pilot program to farmers in California, Washington, Montana, Nevada and Arizona.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) says there are more than 10 million tractor supply businesses in the US.
NAR says it is the largest producer of tractor supply software in the world, with more than 3 million members.
“We want to get more producers out there,” said Steve Felt, the NAR’s president and CEO.
“They’re our best customers.”
The NAR has also signed an agreement with trucking giant UPS, which will create a partnership with the company that will let the NAFSA and NARCs share their data on trucking truckers.
“These are the trucking industry’s drivers, trucking company’s drivers and their families,” Felt said.
“I want to see that data be used by trucking to improve its fuel economy.”