Percentage of Pennsylvania farms with internet access lags behind national number

HARRISBURG, PA - - Sixty-four percent of Pennsylvania farms reported having internet access in 2021, unchanged from 2019 according to King Whetstone, director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Region. Nationally, 82% of farms reported having access to the internet with 98% paying for access.

In 2021, 28% of farms in Pennsylvania used the internet to purchase agricultural inputs, which was an increase of 4% from 2019. Additionally, 18% of farms used the internet to market agricultural activities, which was an increase of 4% from 2019. Farms which conducted business with non-agricultural websites in 2021 decreased by 8% to 33%.

In 2021, 61% of internet connected farms in Pennsylvania utilized a broadband connection while 49% of internet

connected farms had access through a cellular data plan. Additionally, 52% of farms had a desktop or laptop computer while 53% of farms had a smart phone.

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