“Some Minnesotans can still remember a time when most farms did not have electricity. As recently as 1935, fewer than 12 percent of American farms were wired for electric power. That was also the year President Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration. As a result, within 15 years, more than three-quarters of all farms in America had electricity.
The incredible innovation and productivity advances in American agriculture during the past 60 years would not have happened if this rural electrical infrastructure had not been built. Today, our rural communities face a similar technological challenge.”