USDA released a report today on farm computer use and ownership, showing a significant shift away from dial-up connections but just a 2 percent increase in overall Internet use since the last report in 2007.
DSL was the most common method of accessing the Internet, with 36 percent of
A total of 59 percent of
Farms using computers for their farm business increased 1 percentage point from 2007 to 36 percent in 2009.
In 2009, 81 percent of
using a computer for their farm business, and 63 percent have Internet access. Of the farms with sales and government payments between $10,000 and $99,999, 62 percent reported having computer access, 59 percent own or lease a computer, 38 percent use a computer for their farm business, and 57 percent have Internet access.
For crop farms, 65 percent have computer access and 40 percent use a computer for their farm business in 2009, up 1 and 3 percentage points from 2007, respectively. Internet access for crop farms has increased to 60 percent in 2009, compared with 56 percent in 2007.
In 2009, a total of 63 percent livestock farms have computer access and 58 percent have Internet access.
The full report is available from USDA.