Monday, August 29, 2011

Internet and computer use on farms is growing, but few farmers do business online

Sixty-two percent of U.S. farms have internet access, up from 59 percent in 2009, says a report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of those, 38 percent connect with DSL, 20 percent with wireless and 15 percent with satellite, Bob Meyer of Brownfield Network reports. (eHow photo)

While many regions show growth in the numbers of computers on farms, Internet use for farm business is still low. Only 14 percent of farmers purchase agricultural inputs online and 12 percent market their products online, Meyer reports. However, 35 percent use the computer to conduct business with non-agricultural websites. (Read more)

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