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USDA: Use Of Computers On Farms Slows

posted on August 5, 2005

American farmers are buying computers and using them for business, but at a much slower pace than they did just two years ago, a new federal study shows.

The rate for both computer ownership and business usage increased just 1 percent from 2003 to 2205, according to a survey conducted every two years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"It appears that computer usage, ownership, and Internet access on farms are leveling off," the report released this week said.

Of more than 32,400 farms of all kinds surveyed by the USDA, 55 percent own or lease a computer -- up slightly from 54 percent in 2003 -- and 31 percent use it in their operation.

About 51 percent have Internet access, compared with 48 percent in 2003.

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