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Computer use in agriculture : evidence from Tulare County, California

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Putler, Daniel S. (main author), Zilberman, David (author), Putler: Agricultural economist, Commodity Economics Division, Economic Research Service, USDA; Zilberman: Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Journal article
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 84
Subject Term:
computer programs, computers, innovations, technological advancement
AGRICOLA IND 89001696, Logit analysis using data from a survey of Tulare County, California, farmers is used to examine computer and application ownership patterns in agriculture. The analysis indicates that the size of the farming operation, education level, age level, and the ownership of a farm-related nonfarming business significantly influence the probability of computer ownership; however, the type of farm products used on the farm does not. The type of application software owned is influenced primarily by the type of farm products produced, the size of the farming operation, ownership of a farm-related business, and the education level of the farmer.