Computer and Internet Use by Great Plains Farmers

UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics Working Paper No. 04-010

38 Pages Posted: 1 May 2005

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Aaron Smith

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Catherine J. Morrison Paul

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Hartford - Barney School of Business

W. Richard Goe

Kansas State University - Department of Sociology

Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis

Date Written: January 2004

Abstract

We use data from a 2001 survey of Great Plains farmers to explore the adoption, usage patterns, and perceived benefits of computers and the Internet. Our adoption results suggest that exposure to the technology through college, outside employment, friends, and family is ultimately more influential than farmer age and farm size. Notably, about half of those who use the Internet for farm-related business report zero economic benefits from it. Whether a farmer perceives that the Internet generates economic benefits depends primarily on how long the farmer has used the Internet for farm business and for what purposes.

Keywords: Technology adoption, agriculture, competitiveness, net benefits

JEL Classification: Q16, O39

Suggested Citation

Smith, Aaron D. and Morrison Paul, Catherine J. and Goe, W. Richard and Kenney, Martin, Computer and Internet Use by Great Plains Farmers (January 2004). UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics Working Paper No. 04-010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=711262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.711262

Aaron D. Smith (Contact Author)

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Catherine J. Morrison Paul

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W. Richard Goe

Kansas State University - Department of Sociology ( email )

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Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis ( email )

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United States
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