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Software Company, Internet Provider Launch Precision Ag Partnership in North Dakota
North Dakota Ag Connection - 06/07/2023

Trilogy Networks, a software company, and MLGC, an internet and broadband services provider, have teamed up to launch the Dakota Innovation Corridor, a project designed to move forward the adoption of data driven farming in North Dakota.

Trilogy Networks, announced on June 6, 2023, that it will open a Center for Ag Innovation in Fargo, North Dakota, with plans to hire staff who will support the business development, engineering and customer support functions for the region.

The state’s combination of innovation, scale and rich farmland, makes it an attractive place for the Dakota Innovation Corridor Project, said George Woodward, Trilogy Networks president and CEO, based in Boulder, Colorado.

The goal of Trilogy Networks, a cloud-centered company focusing on agriculture, food security and sustainability, is to increase yields, profitably and efficiently through use of data-driven farming practices.

MLGC , a family-owned 117-year-old Rural Local Exchange Carrier, will partner with Trilogy Networks to co-market, sell and support precision agriculture solutions, Woodward said.

MLGC, which delivers high-speed broadband across southeast and southwest North Dakota, has more than 1,200 miles of fiber in the ground, which provides television, internet and phone services to more than a dozen communities.

The internet, television and phone provider's partnership with Trilogy Networks continues a long history of investing millions to deliver the industry advanced solutions to its local customers, said Tyler Kilde, MLGC's president and CEO.

Trilogy Networks' FarmGrid, an artificial intelligence powered precision agriculture infrastructure solution, will be beneficial to farmers in North Dakota and be an example for farmers around the world, Kilde said.

Dakota ICP will cover 250 square miles that includes 25 large farms and 150,000 acres. The farms will have access to MLGC’s high speed broadband, that combined with Trilogy’s FarmGrid, have potential to increase yields, lower costs and improve profitability, while reducing environmental impacts. The data also will drive business intelligence that can be marketed to seed, nutrient and crop protection industries, and the agricultural food industry.

The customers include a corn and soybean farm near Kindred, North Dakota. That farmer will be the anchor point in Kindred and there will be a northwest anchor point in Casselton, North Dakota, Woodward said.


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