USDA Issues New Report On Computer/Internet Usage By Farmers

According to USDA, 64 percent of US farms have computer access. That’s unchanged from the previous survey two years ago.

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Fifty-nine percent have Internet access, up from 57 percent in 2007. Thirty-six percent of farm computer users have DSL access, up from 27 percent in 2007. Twenty-three percent use dial-up, and 11 percent have cable access.

Thirteen percent of the farms report buying farm inputs over the Internet. Eighty-one percent of U.S. farms with sales of $250,000 or more have access to a computer, 76 percent of whom have Internet access.

Sixty-five percent of Minnesota farmers report having Internet access, along with 61 percent in North Dakota.