Seventy percent of Wisconsin farms own or use a desktop or laptop computer. This is 1 percentage point higher than the U.S. percentage, according to the latest USDA report.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Farm Computer Usage and Ownership Report says farms using smart phones for their farm business was 73 percent. That’s 9 percentage points below the national percentage.
Eighty-three percent of Wisconsin farms have internet access, up 1 percentage points from 2021. Cellular service is the most common method of accessing the internet on Wisconsin farms. Sixty-five percent of farms accessing the internet utilizing cellular methods.
The proportion of Wisconsin farms using broadband (DSL, cable, fiber optic) connection was the second most common method for accessing the internet with 56 percent. Satellite service at 16 percent was the third most common way for Wisconsin farms to access the internet.
Nationally, 85 percent of farms reported having access to the internet.
In 2023, 32 percent of farms used the internet to purchase agricultural inputs. That’s an increase of 3 percent from 2021. Additionally, 23 percent of farms used the internet to market agricultural activities. This is an increase of 2 percent from 2021. Farms which conducted business with non-agricultural websites in 2023 increased by 2 percent to 49 percent.
In 2023, 51 percent of internet connected farms utilized a broadband connection while 75 percent of internet connected farms had access through a cellular data plan. Additionally, 69 percent of farms had a desktop or laptop computer while 82 percent of farms had a smart phone.