U.S. Senator John Boozman recently joined Agri-Pulse "Open Mic" podcast. He spoke to the need to provide additional money and authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for purposes of providing direct aid to U.S. farmers. In addition, he spoke of the need to ramp up broadband infrastructure for rural America. Boozman is expected to become the leading Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee next year.