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Minnesota Farm Computer, Internet Use slightly Above Average

Minnesota Farm Computer, Internet Use slightly Above Average

2011 USDA survey finds computer use, Internet access up slightlyt from 2007 and that DSL is primary Internet access method.

In its latest report on computer and Internet use in the state, the USDA-NASS Minnesota Field Office shows that 43% of farms are using computers for farm business this year, compared to 38% in 2007.

Nationally, 37% of U.S. farms are using computers for business in 2011.

Of those Minnesota farms with computers, 66% have Internet access this year, compared to 62% in 2007. Nationally, 62% of U.S. farms have Internet access in 2011

In Minnesota, 13% of farms purchased agricultural inputs over the Internet in 2011, compared to 11% in 2007. And this year, slightly more farms—18%--are conducting agricultural marketing activities over the Internet, compared to 12% in 2007.

In 2011, Minnesota farmers are accessing the Internet by using:

-DSL, 42%

-Wireless, 25%

-Dialup, 12%

-Satellite, 11%

-Other/Unknown, 6%

-Cable, 4%

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