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.