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: