(WBNG Binghamton) Senator Charles Schumer is urging the federal government to select Cornell University to assist in developing web-based tools to help farmers.
Schumer is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, to select Cornell University to develop digital tools to help farmers make decisions on crop insurance coverage.
The 2014 Farm Bill includes three million dollars in funding for the tools.
Schumer said Cornell's Agricultural Risk Management and Policy Institute could be selected in a partnership with the University of Rhode Island as well as the University of Maine.
Schumer said in a written statement, "In today's information age our farmers need the best web support we can offer – which I believe Cornell has developed – to help them access the new-and-improved milk support and crop insurance programs we included in the recent Farm Bill."