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Farmer Internet Use Continues to Climb

Farmer Internet Use Continues to Climb

29 August 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - Over the past 10 years, Internet access on US farms has increased 19 per cent, according to the just released Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report.

A total of 62 per cent of US farms now have Internet access, compared with 59 per cent in 2009. Access is up from 43 per cent since 2001. Sixty-five per cent of farms have access to a computer in 2011, up 1 per centage point from 2009. The proportion of US farms owning or leasing a computer in 2011, at 63 per cent, was up 2 per centage points from 2009. Farms using computers for their farm business remained virtually stable at 37 per cent in 2011 compared to 36 per cent in 2009.

In 2011, 84 per cent of US farms with sales and government payments of $250,000 or more have access to a computer, 83 per cent own or lease a computer, 72 per cent are using a computer for their farm business, and 82 per cent have Internet access.

For farms with sales and government payments between $100,000 and $249,999, the figures are:

  • 68 per cent have access to a computer
  • 68 per cent own or lease a computer
  • 52 per cent are using a computer for their farm business
  • 67 per cent have Internet access

Of the farms with sales and government payments between $10,000 and $99,999:

  • 63 per cent reported having computer access
  • 62 per cent own or lease a computer
  • 41 per cent use a computer for their farm business
  • 60 per cent have Internet access

For crop farms, 67 per cent have computer access and 41 per cent use a computer for their farm business in 2011, up 2 and 1 per centage points from 2009, respectively. Internet access for crop farms has increased to 64 per cent in 2011, compared with 60 per cent in 2009. In 2011, a total of 63 per cent of livestock farms have computer access and 61 per cent have Internet access.

DSL was the most common method of accessing the Internet, with 38 per cent of U.S. farms using it, up from 36 per cent in 2009. Dialup access dropped from 23 per cent in 2009 to 12 per cent in 2011. Satellite and wireless were each reported as the primary Internet access methods on 15 and 20 per cent of those US farms with Internet access, respectively. Cable was reported as the primary access method on 11 per cent of the farms, the same level as 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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