Farm computer use grows

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If you are reading this, you must be one of the 62 percent of U.S. farmers with Internet access. If you access Drovers/CattleNetwork for business information, you are part of a smaller group of 36 percent of farms using computers for business purposes.

 A new USDA report on farm Internet usage shows growth in computer use on farms, but that growth seems to have moderated, as the percentage of farms with Internet access increased by three points since 2009 and the percentage of farms having access to computers rose by just one percent, from 64 percent to 65 percent.

 Among livestock farms, 63 percent have computer access and 61 percent have Internet access. Computer access and Internet usage on crop farms is slightly higher, at 67 percent and 64 percent respectively.

 States with the highest percentage of farms with computer access include Colorado (80 percent), Idaho (83 percent), New Hampshire (80 percent), Oregon (83 percent), Utah (85 percent), Washington (80 percent) and Wyoming (84 percent).

 States with the highest percentage of farms with Internet access include Colorado (72 percent), Idaho (76 percent), Montana (73 percent), New Hampshire (78 percent), New Jersey (75 percent), Oregon (80 percent), Utah (79 percent), Washington (76 percent) and Wyoming 78 percent).

 DSL is the most common method for farms accessing the Internet at 38 percent, while dialup connections have declined from 23 percent in 2009 to 12 percent in 2011. Satellite access accounts for 15 percent, wireless 20 percent and cable access accounts for 11 percent of farms with Internet connections.

 Read the full report from USDA.



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