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Robert Tse

National Staff, Telecomm, RUS, USDA

Office of Telecommuncations, Rural Utili

Biography

Robert Tse works at the intersection of agriculture technology, broadband and innovation. Using his strategic vision, he integrates policies, resources and initiatives at all levels of government and creates public private partnerships. He is focused on improving the economic well-being and quality of life of the rural and food-agriculture sector. He also integrates strategies to improve health-food-agriculture systems, goods movement, international trade, water, and renewable energy. He recently led development of a report on rural STEM education and broadband. A public-sector innovator, he created the first Apps for Ag AgTech Hackathons, and Fresno Ag Tech Showcase. Previously he was the State Broadband Coordinator for USDA CA Rural Development. He served as Deputy Director for International Trade in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and simultaneously as Deputy Secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He is a 17-year veteran of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. He has received two USDA Secretary Honor Awards and was the first recipient of the Champion of Technology Award from the California State Fair in 2014. In 2015, he received the APEX Alumni Award from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He is an advisor to the California Broadband Council Long Term Goals Task Force, California Economic Summit – Elevate Rural, San Joaquin Valley Partnership Board, California Ag Tech Roundtable, Ag Start Incubator. Robert Tse holds a JD, Boston College Law School; MS Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; and BA American History, Brown University.

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