Internet access by farmers increases

Farmers’ access to the internet now stands at 70% which is 3% higher than in 2013. This is according to the “Computer Usage and Ownership” report conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The report indicates 43% of U.S. farms use computers for their business operations. Crop producers use it 47% for business compared to livestock producers at 39%.

The survey also found that producers computer uses include:

  • Conducting business with a non-agricultural website – 44%
  • Accessing federal government websites – 44%
  • Purchasing agricultural inputs – 19%
  • Marketing activities – 16%

Producers in the western states have the highest rate of use of computers for business at 48% with north central states at 46%, northeastern states at 45%, and southern states at 36%.

The report is published biennially. 

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