Survey Shows Increase in Farms with Internet Access

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We told you last week that usage of computers on the farm was up, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Their 2021 Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report is conducted every other year and it shows numbers have risen compared to 2019. Adam Peters with NASS discusses some of the trends indicated in the latest survey. Peters talks about the history, intent …

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Farm Computer Usage is Climbing

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This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their 2021 Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report. The report is conducted every other year and presents data on farm computer usage, including computer access, ownership or leasing, farm business use, and internet access. USDA findings show that 82 percent of farms reported having access to the internet, with 98 percent …


Rep. Scott Working to Bridge the Rural Divide

Dan High-Speed Internet/Broadband, Legislative, Technology

Last month, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee unanimously advanced a bipartisan bill that authorizes $43 billion to expand rural broadband service nationwide. The Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act would authorize $4.5 billion in annual funding, starting in fiscal year 2022. This has been a priority for Rep. David Scott (GA-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He talks about the rural divide we …

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USDA Invests $167 Million in High-Speed Broadband in 12 States

Dan High-Speed Internet/Broadband, Technology, USDA

Re-Connect Funding to Give 100,000 People Access to High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity (WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2021) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $167 million in 12 states to deploy broadband infrastructure (PDF, 360 KB) in rural areas without sufficient access to high-speed internet. “Generations ago, the federal government recognized that without affordable access to …

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Scott on Lack of Reliable High-Speed Internet in Rural Areas

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For quite some time the issue concerning the lack of reliable high-speed internet in rural areas has been discussed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already invested dollars to provide broadband service in some rural areas, but there are still many that have no access. Rep. David Scott (GA-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, recently talked about his concerns with the lack …